Esoteric Secrets of Meditation and Magic
Volume 2: The Early Writings

by Paul Foster Case

First published as 'Section C' and 'Section D' by Paul Foster Case circa 1924 - 1925

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Table of Contents Foreward Introduction Section C: Esoteric Secrets of Meditation Practice of Concentration Qabalistic Meditation The Power of Mind Watchful Introspection Contemplations of the Adepti Evolution of Homo Spiritualis Mastership The True Creative Self The Perfect Stone Section D : Esoteric Secrets of Magic The Secret Force The Magical Circle The Magical Altar Platonic Solids The Four Maxims The Great Arcanum An Introduction to the Fraternity of the Hidden Light v vii .

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Foreward In 1924. The lectures built upon the material in the 'First Year Course' (which had become known at this time as Section A: 'The Life Power' and Section B: 'The Seven Steps to Spiritual Unfoldment'). As with the first volume of the 'Early Writing Series'. added Hebrew and Greek font. this book would not exist today. Armed with this essential background. This section is a very advanced series of lessons that not only develops the essential skill of concentration but commences the student upon the 'Path of Return' with a series of powerful "Qabalistic Meditations. This lesson series indeed represents some of the most advanced material written by Paul Case. The Fraternity of the Hidden Light has recently published both of these lecture series as "Occult Fundamentals and Spiritual Unfoldment . Likewise." These Meditations have a tendency to facilitate deep spiritual experience in those who are prepared and chose to participate. CA October 12. provides the esoteric secrets of Magic in a very rare exposition of the fundamental tenets of magical practice by one of the greatest occultists of the 20th century. Paul Foster Case expanded his First Year Course by developing two advanced lecture series which he entitled Section C: 'Concentration' and Section D: 'Magic'. Enjoy ! Tony DeLuce Laguna Niguel. Truly without Francois' assistance. 'Concentration'. expounds the esoteric secrets of Meditation. and meticulously restored the diagrams from old mimeographs." This current volume provides the two additional lecture series that complete the original fundamental course structure of Paul Case.Volume 1: The Early Writings.2008 . I recommend all aspiring students to first proceed with each lesson of the first volume of the 'Early Writings' series. 'Magic'. Paul Case's students completed the 'First Year Course' or 'Section A' and 'Section B' before beginning the two advanced lesson series found in this volume. Francois Cartier has lovingly typeset the text. Section D. "Occult Fundamentals and Spiritual Unfoldment" two weeks at a time. the serious student should have no problem tackling the very advanced lesson material found in this current volume. Section C. Here again is material published by Paul Case that cannot be found in any of his later developed lesson series and provides insight into the "tools of the trade" practiced by Golden Dawn enthusiasts today.

Dr. right now and are doing their quiet but vital work. Taverner. Perhaps they picked the wrong professional to champion their cause. His prodigious volumes of teachings." And these are just the more public examples. They exist. The Evil invades their consecrated church and they usually end up having to sacrifice their life in order to fend off the powers of darkness. the master of occult knowledge and the adept of the mystical sciences of the inner side of consciousness and the powers of nature is the person that fulfills these requirements. The French Revolution and the crown heads (no pun intended) were connected to the Comte de St. Sound familiar? It should. who gets the call for the battle? The Priest or Minister! Half of the time. I can think of half a dozen plots where this happened. who has struggled up the mountain of spiritual evolution and is dedicated to serving humanity in need. materialistic age. But they are not. Those that have through self discipline and sacrifice have proceeded a little further down the road of spiritual development than the rest of us and have paused to turn and extend a helping hand to those in need. who better fits the job description of providing guidance along the uncharted by-ways of consciousness and steering the lost seeker around the pitfalls they may encounter. still largely unknown outside of The Builders of the Adytum. John Dee foretold the sinking of the Spanish Armada." and my own. the .Introduction Have you ever noticed that in all the Hollywood movies. is it? You would think with God on their side they'd be better at this. Just who is better suited to act as the guardian who stands between the naYve explorer and the forces of the shadow? Who? The person of the Magus. So. As an ordained minister." What is not realized by most of the readers of these works is that this fictional archetype is actually based upon the lives of real men and women. they lose. Not a very satisfying outcome. We glimpse this individual in the fictional accounts such as "The Lost Horizon. The illuminated soul. "The Broken Seal. Dr. in the real world. when it comes down to dealing with the forces of Evil." The Secrets of Dr. A survey of history reveals that some of the most important events are linked to these individuals. Even the American Revolution had its mysterious "Professor." "John Silence. Germain. Paul Foster Case is an excellent example of the Magus. is a candidate at which we might look. I can testify that battling spiritual evil was not one of the emphasized courses at seminary! Unless we can talk them to submission! We had to take Homiletics or the art of delivering sermons every semester. Francis Bacon conceived the founding of the Royal Society of England and its subsequent role in modem Freemasonry. His life story that I outlined in Volume I of this series is replete with faithful encounters and initiations. The senior adepti of the esoteric traditions have dedicated their lives to serve humanity and seem truly mythical in our modem.

With the guidance of this great initiate. provide insight and guidance not found of a quality elsewhere. California November 2008 . In his lessons on this subject he exhibits his extensive knowledge of both the Eastern and Western traditions. This transformation would allow them to conta(:t their true inner teacher and the Inner Hierarchy of the Inner School that they might unite wii:h them to help others. This dedication to the betterment of humanity is one of the hallmarks of the true Magus. They are content to remain in the background letting others take the credit when necessary. Paul A.at would lead to realizations within them selves. May you rest beneath the shadow of His wings whose name is peace. he speaks more clearly and openly as an initiate about the inner secrets of meditation and magic than ever before or since. Jehovah. In the present volume of the early writings. Jehovah. I close this introduction to "Esoteric Secrets of Meditation and Magic." with the words from an ancient document that Paul Case would have been intimately familiar: Sub Umbra Alarum Tuarum. In his discussion of Magic. All who come into contact with them will testi F y that they bear the signature of one who truly knows and has experienced as contrasted to one who only writes about. Paul Case's goal in his writings was to help the aspiring student develop their latent powers th. we are privileged to be able to gain true insight into a subject about which so much nonsense and misinformation has been published. Clark. The practice of meditation is the foundation of any serious system of consciousne.organization he founded and its successor The Fraternity of the Hidden Light.ss development. all the while working for the upliftment of genuine seekers. step-by-step guidance in mastering these critical skills. Covina. These early writings present a process that followed conscientiously will lead the earnest student to that ever illusive goal of Self-knowledge. we penetrate to the adytum of the true teaching of this essential subject of the Mysteries. These lessons provide sure.

Section C Esoteric Secrets of Meditation .

because the units. Every kind of concentration on the physical plane is a condensation of the force of electrons. it becomes evident that some so-called definitions of concentration must be incorrect. The chemist's work of distillation crowds the molecules of his solution in close formation. and what force it seeks to control. This definition includes all the examples we have given. and since our work in this Section is really a phase of alchemy. a packing together of units of electro-magnetic force. whether they be metals. may be defined as the packing together of units of force. whereby we affect the particular kind of energy mass-formation which we are now beginning to study. then. rather than with definitions. molecules. and calls it a concentrated extract. any more than a chemist's crucible or retort is the thing worked upon in the examples mentioned above. The metal scattered through the ore is fused into a single ingot. we shall do well to heed the admonition. The water pouring from the firehouse combines the forces of several little streams. The newspapers tell us that he has concentrated his forces at that point. Thus he makes the solution stronger. The ore is put into crucibles. That we misuse language when we speak of concentrating ow minds may not be so apparent. Our first care shall be to get this clear. In each of the foregoing instances something has been made stronger or purer by massing its component parts in a smaller area than they occupied before. drops of water or soldiers. A chemist puts a solution in a retort and boils it. and the pwe metal is separated from the dross. It is impossible to "concentrate attention. are all built up from the One Power which you studied in the first lesson of Section A. Concentration. A child could wade from bank to bank without any difficulty. for it .Practice of Concentration "Be well grounded in theory before you attempt to practice" is an alchemical maxim. The act of attention is the means which enables us to concentrate.the way." because attention is only a name for one of the mind's ways of acting -. The soldiers are brought closer together. Here in New York the water from that same stream and others like it rushes from the nozzle of a firehouse with enough force to knock a man down. Up in the Catskills a little stream flows down the mountain side. When this fact is taken into consideration. We shall begin with some specific examples. Since the revival of interest in the Ageless Wisdom hundreds of books about concentration have been published. heat is applied. but that act is not what we should regard as the subject of the operation. but it is surprising how vague many of them seem to be concerning a matter which is surely of great importance --just what concentration is. because we believe this method will make it easier for you to see the principle at work in the various instances. A general brings up battalion after battalion from various parts of his army and masses their strength against a single sector of the enemy's line. In much the same way metals are said to be concentrated from ore. in fact.

The second is that of the Swami Vivekananda. the Ruach of the Qabalists." The reason for comparing Ruach with Chitta thus early in our study is that one of the best text-books on the practice of concentration is a Hindu work. In this particular instance. c." Modem psychologists do not think of that word as denoting a substance. from thought-force down to the lowest physical activities. too. and this cannot be said of the modem psychological use of the word "mirtd. they also identi6 Ruach with the force which takes form as thought. We have seen that all physical substances are modes of One Thing. Union. whose translation of Patanjali we prefer to either of the others.is true that our practice enables us to intensify the strength of what William James used to call "mind-stuff." because it does not make quite so evident the fact that the thinking principle is governed by right use of the principle of limitation." "mind-stuff. Here are three translations of the second sentence in that book: a. and this is not what we shall be occupied with in our practice. the Prana of the Hinclus. published in Bombay by the Theosophical Society. Ruach is thus the Hebrew equivalent of the Sanskrit term Chitta. When Qabalists say that the Rauch in man includes the powers of all the Sephiroth from Chesed to Yesod. "control" seems to be a weaker verb than "hindering" or "restraint. by checking and circumscribing its activity.Itor "the psychic nature. now out of print. is gained through control of the versatile psychic nature. So. for the specific activities of the One Thing which are classified as mental states. forces. The third is that of Charles Johnston. Swami Vivekananda. however. you remember." Yet we prefer not to run counter to accepted use of terms unless that use can be shown to be wholly wrong. says that Prana is the energy manifested in all modes of force. Yoga is restraining the mind-stuff (Chitta) from taking various forms (Vrittis). b. spiritual consciousness. Yet there is no particular difliculty in finding out just what it is that we shall learn to concentmte. . or if you prefer. the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. are all other substances. Concentration is the hindering of the modifications of the thinking principle. For them "mind" means the sum-total of the conscious states of an individual. Some Qabalists attribute to the six Sephiroth just mentioined the following states of mind: CHESED GEBURAH TIPHARETH NETZACH HOD YESOD : : : : : : Memory The Personal "Will" Imagination Desire Reason The Subconscious Thus Ruach is the Qabalistic designation for that in us which takes form as thought. The One Thing is the Astral Light of Eliphas Levi. which is variously translated as "the thinking principle. The first version is from an old edition of the Sutras. nor do they regard mind as a special kind of energy.

mind. person. neither is it some new. Patanjali among them. even a criminal. Many writers on the subject. They are opposite but complementary aspects of a single cause-in-action. . On this account the basic test of alchemy. seed." We are sadly mistaken if we think that this force is either good or evil.was once a crude picture of the human face which syn~bolized synthesis of the the five senses. Pack the same light-rays together by passing them through a convex lens. The solar force is not benefic nor malefic in itself. It is sunshine. skill in concentration will not make us good.ZRO (=277). the sign of the fundamental mode in which the cosmic life-force becomes available for human use. Sunlight passing through a window gives a pleasant sensation of warmth. This is the path of the synthesis of the planetary light-rays in solar force. any more than there is a law which prevents hini from learning how to wire a house for electric light. sperm. Anlong the heavenly bodies the letter 1corresponds to the sun. Thus the first letter of Ruach indicates that this term designates a force which is directly connected with sensation and with waking consciousness. It is the symbol of solar light and heat. What we are setting out to control is not a nebulous abstraction. these being the organs of mental activity relating particularly to the functions of the conscious. You have learned something about the Qabalistic meaning of the noun nil. complicate the matter by injecting ethical considerations into their books. The letter also refers to the brain-centers in the front part of the head. Furthermore. fruitfulness. Finally. and you will see that the first reduction is 16 and the final reduction 7. and we shall think of that force as being one with whose effects we have been familiar all of our lives. The first letter. The same sunlight which makes plants grow in a garden kills a man lost in the desert. Whenever you decrease the area wherein some force operates you increase the intensity and purity of that force. Now that we know this tenn designates what we are going to concentrate. Ruach in The First Year Course. The adjective "collective" is KLLI (90).Precisely this limitation or checking is what always accomplishes any sort of concentration. sterility. we need to make ourselves thoroughly acquainted with its esoteric interpretation. We shall always feel that-we are learning how to direct a real force. The truth is that one may gain great skill in the art of controlling the mental modifications of the Astral Light and still be a very selfish. we intensify the force of the Ruach by limiting the range of its activity. The value of knowing this is that it will make all our exercises in concentration more definite. devastation. because the head and face contain organs of every sense. There is no mysterious law which keeps a bad man from learning how to concentrate. uncanny power hidden away somewhere within us. Hence Qabalists assign a pair of opposites to the letter 1. strange. and they will bum your hand. The Emerald Table. This means that fruitfulness and desolation are identical except in outward aspect. neither will it make us bad. desolation. and ShMMH (=385). In like manner. the path of the letter 1 is that of the Collective Intelligence. 1. calls the Great Work the "Operation of the Sun. or objective. and you will do well to give considerable thought to the meanings suggested by the letter-sequence of this word. Reduce the values of these words. the radiant energy of the nucleus of this world system.

even as Prana is said by Swami Vivekananda to be "the sum-total of all cosmic energies. the function assigned to Lamed. Thus in addition to the ideas about Ruach derived from the letter 1. This is perfectly correct. . in order to be instructed in the principles of the Great Work. identifies it with the letter Tzaddi.lmun. The h c t i o n assigned by Qabalists to the letter 1 is hearing. If you will refer to the Tarot card corresponding to 7. to which the faculty of meditation is assigned. A physical force with which we are all familiar. The particular modification of the cosmic life-force which brain-cells transform into sensations and their interpretation by the waking consciousness.Note that its numeration. so is it impossible to hear the Inner Voice until the unvoiced speech of personal thinking is silenced. which is I. in order to become aware of the bond existing between ourselves . and as one cannot listen attentively at the same time that he is talking. or causing devastation and sterility according to the way in which it is used.and subconscious modes of human mentality when they keep silence and listen. we must learn to listen. 4. that Ru~ach must be supposed to include the connective or conjunctive quality suggested by the nail symbol. In order to enter that silence. Summing up all this (and it is just the beginning of what might be written concerning the letter l we find that the first letter of the Hebrew name for the thinking principle indicates that this force is: 1. we learn from its name. Your whole personal life is a combination of mental states preceding from the activity of this thinking principle. as a hook holds an overcoat. By metathesis the same letters spell .and the rest of the cosmos. when in reality it is a force flowing through us which at the same time connects us with every other mode of existence. promoting fruitfulness and growth. even if the rule in teaclling occultism did not require that the pupil must be left to find out as much as possible for himself. The mistake we are continually making is the supposition that the thinking principle is something inside of us. 90. with stars and stones as truly as with men and animals. work. because Ruach is the connecting medium between all expressions of the Life-Power. and a power which holds something suspended. Here are the sign-posts. employment.luav (415). action. you will see that the Hierophant is instructing two kneeling figures. none other than sunlight. He represents the voice of the Higher Self. we learn from 1 that the thinking principle whose modifications we are going to limit is a power which joins something together." Coming now to the second letter of Ruach. 2. . We must also remember that the old pictograph represented a hook on which something is hung. A force which is the synthesis of all forces. as nails join boards. A force which is neither good nor evil. which instructs both the conscious . Nail. Ruach is also like the hook which holds up your overcoat because it is the support of personaliity. Lack of space forbids any attempt to explain these details. ) . 3. in our skulls. Your part is to find out where they lead.

these details of correspondence and cross-correspondence are by no means so far removed from the main subject of these lessons as may appear at a first reading. as you know. When the sight or thought of 1 makes you think of a11 that we have written in the last two pages. As all things are from One on the Path of Descent. but whoever wishes to succeed in practical occultism must address himself to the study of the dictionary. This one example of the way in which many details of the Secret Wisdom may be summed up by a single letter is itself an exercise in concentration. The spectacle of an aspirant sitting down to concentrate on the tip of his nose when his daily misuse of language makes two-thirds of his thought almost unintelligible is one which brings a weary smile to the lips of Those who Know. One such is the Tetragrammaton.17 which is attributed to Microprosopus (the Lesser Countenance. Besides the sound combinations defined in our lexicons there are special words which are truly magical. It may not seem to be "very occult" to look up words in a dictionary. He who would become adept in concentration must think of language as a field to be cultivated with utmost care. as well as to control of the spoken word.V. so all things are absorbed into that One as we progress along the Path of Return. as the letter of . but when one realizes that every misused word weakens the force of one's thinking. when one knows that slipshod speech wastes mental force. the final letter of Ruach. One need not be a pedant or a precisionist in order to use speech aright. Yet another is the noun L.This is the control of the psychic nature which we seek when we practice concentration. and speech is the externalization of mental states through the medium of sound. He must learn to say what he means. instead of being content to remember that they are written down somewhere in these lessons. but we cannot too earnestly counsel you to study them until you have really made them your own. Another is the ancient mystery name. a field or a fence. This mastery begins in very simple ways. you will have made a step in the direction of that unification of consciousness which is the real object of this work. 317'. Here in America this advice is sadly needed. Ruach. Nowhere in the world is language more abused. TIPHARETH. inasmuch as Ruach comprises these same six Sephiroth. including the Sephiroth from Chesed to Yesod). Observe that there is a subtle Qabalistic correspondence between the first two letters of RVCh. The function assigned to n is speech. Ruach. The Hindus have many of these words of . iis the sign of the sun. i has a particular correspondence to the sixth Sephiiah. This is a direct reference to the underlying principle of limitation which is applied in every concentration exercise. On. and must be carefbl to mean what he says. IAO. as was said on page 2. the sphere of the sun. Thus mastery of words plays a prominent part in exercises for developing skill in concentration. the desirability of the dictionary habit becomes almost painfully evident. The primitive pictograph represented a hedge enclosing a field set apart for cultivation. 1 is itself a symbol of the psychic nature.X.11. you are actually practicing concentration. Hence. Furthermore. means. you see. When you set yourself to incorporating them into your brain-cells. To this fact the last of the four ancient occult maxims (BE SILENT) refers. The limitation we impose on the thinking principle is the limitation of silence. or SON. Accuracy and variety in the use of ordinary words is but a preliminary to the mastery of speech aimed at by occultism. We are well aware that these intricacies of the Qabalah are rather terrifjring at first.

often use the sentence j4ua allahu alazi lailaha Hua. Without entering into any discussion as to whether or not the said belief is altogether without foundation in fact. against rash experimentation with these names. and they have a great number of books describing methods for using such words in concentration. The Sufis. The name Ehieh. This science is called mantrayoga. "words of power. and the spread of the Theosophical movement has made Western occult students familiar with Aum h4ani Padmi Hum. St." The Greek verb hqst." Egyptian magic abounds in references to the occult use of sound.~ n y l ( 4 6 7 ) .was to Moses' proficiency in mantrayoga that St. let us say that when rightly pronounced. Mohammedan mystics." The books of the practical Qabalah contain a great deal of information along the same lines. "he speaks". for he :said this." for this purpose. It . When you begin the practical exercises of this section you will have ample opportunity to find out for yourself that these are really "words of power. Let us warn you. implied as much in the passage just quoted. "Thence are drawn the arcana and the concealed meanings which repose in the shadow . received his knowledge of this subject in the course of his initiation into the Egyptian mysteries. gives the tonal sequence: (Letters) K 7 7 A H I H (Notes) E C F C Keys to the intonation of these names will be given in the lessons to come. Among the Hebrew words of power are the divine and angelic names attributed to the Sephiroth. however. "Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. the Egyptian chelcau. of course. Not a few Hebrew divine names are simply rearrangements of Egyptian originals.power. The h l l effect of these words is not secured unless they be intoned according to the musical cadences represented by the sequence of the letters. and thus n i l is simply a metathesis of the Egyptian god-name of the god Horus. is a technical mystery-term identical with the Sanskrit mantra." are just as effective as ever they were. Among them is this very word Ruach which we are studying now. indeed." Attempts at unguided pioneering in this field of experimentation will be likely to teach you by bitter experience that the proverb about a little knowledge is only too true. Moses. and there is no other God than He. Stephen referred when he said the great lawgiver was "mighty in words and deeds. "He is God. so that there must be a connection between the secret name of a god and his powers. The letter Ch is also attributed to the path named Intelligence of the House of Influence YDW. Most Egyptologists try to explain the Egyptian use of "words of povter" as being a superstition rooted in the false belief that there is a mysterious connection between a man's name and his personality. The fundalnentals will be found in the lesson on color and sound in The First Year Course. Variations of it are practiced throughout the Orient by devotees of different faiths. The 1 in n i l is pronounced almost like 0. Stephen. It is unwise to be in too much of a hurry to utilize the high-tension currents of the Astral Light. for example. "0the Jewel in the Lotus. and there is a close correspondence between esoteric Egyptian conceptions of this god and the Qabalistic teaching concerning Ruach.

When we take these facts into consideration it becomes evident that whatever success we have in learning how to concentrate must have far-reaching consequences. besides being an older term. with a universal reverberation and success. and especially by mental imagery expressed in sound-vibrations (n). described in Hindu books as a fiery serpent coiled in the lowest center of the sympathetic nervous system. or coiled up like a snake at the base of our spines (even though a certain expression of this force is correctly. you will find that they help you more than anything you can get from books or teachers. Recall in this connection the words of Eliphas Levi concerning the Astral Light. Whenever a technical term employed by the Sages of Israel includes the letter n we may know that the word has some reference to drawing forth knowledge hidden in the subconscious. impressions from your inner consciousness." The word "influence suggests flowing force. emotions and thoughts is the cause of the operation of this principle (7). saturated with this light and continually project it to make room for more: by this projection the personal atmosphere is created. After a while. and the only reason we prefer to call in Ruach is that "electricity" means literally "the force generated by rubbing amber. Note them down. the power which drives trains through the subways. also." while nn. It is not locked up in our skulls. hints as to the hidden meaning of the path of n will begin to come to you. if somewhat fantastically.thereof. from laying out the Tarot Keys corresponding to the letters of Y W . "We are. Do not try to make them tell you something. ~ n 3 ~ Simply place the cards in this order on a table. Let no sense of strain enter into this experiment.) In concentration we are utilizing the power which sends worlds whirling through space. Simply look at the cards and wait. You may derive some benefit." The state of consciousness represented by this path is also that in which we realize that every mode of existence is but a temporary abode of flowing forces. We are using electricity. it will be well to study the seventh major trump of the Tarot. and see if they evoke any . in fact. or a current of energy which fills a receptacle. Even when you do not seem to succeed very well in your efforts to make these bits of personal revelation articulate. To get at the deeper meaning of the letter n. This principle is the connecting medium which joins every human being to all the other things and creatures in the universe (1). We may now sum up all that we have learned about the Hebrew name for the thinking principle as folIows: 1. The force we shall be working with does not belong to us. It is a power which can be modified by means of mental imagery. 2. is one skillfully devised by its initiated inventors for the purpose of giving clues to the higher phases of the operation of this subtle force." says the Qabalistic commentary. to the elucidation of mysteries. 3. when you have quieted your thoughts a little. "Intelligence of the House of Influence" means "Consciousness of that wherein influence dwells. Sunlight transformed by the brain into sensations. to the bringing to concealed meanings to the surface. as Eliphas Levi says. . the power which lights our homes. the power which endows human speech.

Whatever injures one of us puts more or less strain upon the rest. that its color is red. that the corresponding Hebrew letters of Peh. When he tried to make the connection the result was a short-circuit which blew out the main fuse in the basement." you don't want to be obliged to go through the whole Tree of Life until you come to it. and all eternity besides. Each of us is really immortal. tried to play electrician. with the best intentions in the world. In the next lesson we shall explain the first steps in the special concentration exercises which :have been prepared for the students in this section. your feeling is an infallible indication that you have need to go slowly. or upon notes of any kind. You must know instantly that this is the path of Mars. its note C. George knew the theory of wiring well enough. because it suggests bondage. No man lives unto himself. Can you draw it from memory? Can you place all the paths correctly. Remember that a magician should work as if he had all eternity in which to finish his operation. and time does not bind immortals. We can well afford to make good each step as we go along. if you are impatient to get on. It they have. Before that lesson. If we say. We are not particularly fond of this image. we are making. with their numbers. If so. Thus we shall grow easily and almost imperceptibly. but he chose the wrong kind of a plug. and its Tarot Key THE TOWER. What we are doing is rather more like connecting up the units of a living electric circuit. link by link. unless you happen to be one of those people whose auditory images are stronger than their visual ones. He who enters a group of students like this needs particularly to remember this old truth. out of the seeming limitations of our present state of consciousness into the freedom of the consciousness beyond thought which is the goal of our work. they will understand the force of this warning and will be the first to heed it. you will probably hear an inner voice describing the card in detail. Of this you may be sure. darkened the building from top to bottom. kept George from getting his supper that evening. For the exercises you will have to do will not permit you to depend upon the lessons. the janitor. names and letters? Do you know the attributions to each letter? If not. id1 at once. you need to get busy right away. When we were busy putting on the finishing touches at our New York office. The point is that you should have the impression of the Tarot Key and of all that goes with it. but surely. what Levi calls the Magic Chain. Your first care should be to find out whether you really know the Tree of Life. He should work that way because the emotional mood involved is in harmony with a fact of which we need continually to remind ourselves. evoked an explosion of sulphurous comment from the overworked electrician sent out by the lighting company. Some readers of these pages may have advanced to a point far beyond the elementary instruc:tion which will be given in this section. We have all the time there is. We had a desk light which needed a longer cord in order to connect it with a wall-socket in another room. For they will realize that as students of this course. and as a whole.In working with such a force as this we need to use care. you will do well to make sure that the foundation you received in The First Year Course has been properly laid. and cost me two dollars to calm that person's ruffled scientific sensibilities. that its name is Active or Exciting Intelligence. but . The moral of this tale is: Don't short-circuit the currenlt we have established by forming this group of students. "Picture the 27h Path. The picture of THE TOWER should flash before your mental gaze like a picture thrown on a screen. just as when you see a red rose you do not get impressions piecemeal. We cannot afford to do anything else.

and let them be plain ones. We shall tell you in the next lesson just how to keep this record." It will not be necessary for you to review the whole Tree of Life before the next lesson. and say nothing to anybody about what you are doing. and takes us upward through the Tree. And though our curriculum is designed to be completed in four years. On no account let anybody else do this for you. and if you do not know by this time that the work of the Builders is a form of initiation you ought to stick a pin in yourself to find out whether you are really awake. or leave them lying around where they will excite comment. Get the beads and the string. In some senses. You will also need a string of wooden beads. it must not be supposed that at the end of that time you will have become a perfect Yogi. (The color refers to the limiting power of Saturn. Provide yourself with a notebook in which to record the details of your experiments. which should be a strong one. and we expect that your preliminary experiments in this work will make some noticeable changes in your states of consciousness before the ten weeks are up. A "break" is what happens when attention wanders from the object selected for concentration. It is meant to be. It is intended to enable you to keep an accurate record of the "breaks" in you concentration practice. every phase of that work is an exercise in concentration and meditation. their attributions. But it would be very unfair for us not to make it perfectly clear that this course is intended simply to tell you how to do something which will require months of practice before you gain any unusual degree of skill. These instructions are given now. which is employed in all concentration exercises. String the beads rather loosely.) All this will be more or less trouble. as we used to say in a certain "very occult" society. and 3 1'' paths.recognize the flower at a glance. and it should be understood now that not a little depends upon whether you attend to this important matter exactly as directed. In these days we have to devise new tests to take the place of those imposed in the older forms of initiation. and for certain symbolic reasons. unless that person is one when you know to be a member of this class. a synthesis of the esoteric doctrines and practices of the Orient . Our work this year begins in Malkuth. In the early stages of your practice you will find that the breaks will take you several times around the string. preferably black or dark indigo. We must not omit to say that it is not the object of this course of ten lessons to make you an adept in concentration at the end of ten weeks. and thread them yourself. Be sure to get wooden beads. and years of hard work before you attain to the higher grades of adeptship in concentration and meditation. "a marked one in your career. If we do not explain the reasons for this particular set of directions. and it may be well for 3oth you to confine your review work to those paths. it is because we think most of the students in this section will be able to divine them. in twelve groups of nine. In the next lesson you will find specific exercises relating to the 32nd. so that you may be able to enter into our practical wor as intelligently as possible. Those who aren't need practice in divination. What we do hope to bring about in the minds of our affiliates is an intelligent understanding of the principles and methods of the Ageless Wisdom. with a good-sized knot between each group. In that time we hope to be able to explain something of the technique. This string of beads is not for the purpose of helping you to count vain repetitions. Do not even show your beads to anybody. and the corresponding Tarot Keys. the number of the beads should be 108. The day that you go just once around will be.

too. how soon he will begin to exercise the powers of one who knows by the fruits of experimentation that he is truly "the depository of the power of God. with a blade of grass. and often discouraging. well or ill. drop by drop. It depends a good deal.these are questions which nobody can answer. Not to frighten you. Whether you build quickly or slowly. .and the Occident. upon the accuracy with which you follow these instructions. and upon the degree of patience that :you exercise. but to make you realize that you are beginning something which is diffic:ult. The most that we can do is to lay before you the specifications of the work. depends wholly upon yourself. How soon any affiliate will develop the higher aspects of consciousness. let me remind you that one of the Upanishads says that he who w c ~ l d succeed in controlling the mental phases of the Life-Power must have as much patience as would be required to dip up the ocean." -.

X. and that the Temple was not that of the Jews. and so on. The first thing to be observed about this arrangement is that STRENGTH.." THE DEVIL. therefore.? You see that it does. the adepts who combined their knowledge in the production of the Tarot overlooked nothing that their ingenuity could devise in the way of providing clues to the meaning of the . In the preceding lesson we reached the conclusion that the force which we are to learn to concentrate is the L. represents this force. (and that without any regard to the mentality or morals of the person who employs them.Qabalistic Meditation Now that you understand what concentration works with. Nowhere is there any deliberate attempt to throw dust in the eyes of the reader by resorting to misstatements." (Remember that the Sabbath was the so-called "Sabbath of the Sorcerers. Take out the major trumps entitled the MAGICIAN. The first thing to consider about the DEVIL is the number 15. Thus 10 is the mean between 1 and 19. but because the science revealed and concealed by means of these pictorial symbols is one that leads to command of potent forces. "What of it?" Just this.) Levi informs us also that the Astral Light is "the devil of esoteric dogmatism. but of the original Knights Templar. in order to detach themselves from the chains of earth. beyond such mentality as is required to grasp and apply the laws whereby those forces are called into activity). In this instance the pair of opposites is THE MAGICIAN and THE DEVIL. but there are many intentional omissions. as soon as I speak of it. In order to follow the first part of this lesson you will have to use the Tarot. of course. Very penetrating students of the earlier lessons may already have arrived at an understanding of what we are about to say. The mean term between two numbers is half their sum. and place them on a table before you. what force it limits and intensifies. This is the force which he tells us "was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbath or the Temple under the symbolic figure of Baphomet.V. 3 and 17. STRENGTH is the equilibrating activity which reconciles them. and is really the blind force which souls must conquer.X. STRENGTH in the middle and THE DEVIL below.V. and we may now add somewhat to the interpretation of this picture given in the First Year Course. Has it ever occurred to you that XV includes two of the letters of L. 4 and 16. the middle card." a survival of the old pagan mystery cults. because we know that by no means every one who begins the Builder's Work will persevere in it until the end. or of the androgyne goat of Mendes. Put THE MAGICIAN at the top. or the Astral Light concerning which Eliphas Levi wrote at such length. and in the Tarot a card whose number is the mean between the numbers of two other cards represents the equilibrium between a pair of opposites symbolized by those two cards. and perhaps you may be inclined to ask. STRENGTH and THE DEVIL. the First Year work on the Tarot purposely leaves many things unsaid. 2 and 18. bears a number which is the mean arithmetical term between the numbers of the MAGICIAN and THE DEVIL. you are ready to begin to study the practical side of the work. This conceals several details of the Ageless Wisdom in a subtle way.

through its correspondence to 5. Its inversion is the sign of a human misunderstanding and misuse of the Mars-force which inverts human consciousness.X.pictures. is a symbol of the Mars-force and of man. and the Pentagram inverted. and you should endeavor to work out the hidden meanings from this point-of-view. and he is also the 'god of them that w a k in darkness' (i.e.) In other words. that even the number of this path hints at the divine nature of the activity manifest in it. minus L suggests the absence of the equilibrating and directive quality represented by the l lth major trump. but God follows the Law of His own being.X.F. the darkness of ignorance. which is Love." because Qabalists identify instruction or knowledge with work. "The Devil is God as He is misunderstood by the wicked. the on the Way of sphere of Mercury. P. minus the L.C. because the number 26 is the number of IHVH.. too. Hence the wise men who invented the Tarot assigned the number XV to this picture.X. The faculty assigned to the 26th path and to the letter yi: is Mirth. . the DEVIL is the Astral Light as it works in the realre of nature below man. For they see the Source of All as a creative power ungoverned by Law. JUSTICE. Particularly should you observe that 15 is the number of 713 Hod." and God misunderstood is not the less divine because men see His image upside down. because the number 15 is the number of the divine name I H. minus L. and turns man upside down. which is attributed to Chokrnah. In other words. as you may see by referring to the attributions of the lietter Lamed. as that Power is imagined by people who have not yet arrived by practical experimentation at an understanding of Its true nature. Observe. Therefore are the human figures in chains. and one reason why the DEVIL is numbered XV is that X and V represent L.V. This inversion and misunderstanding are nowhere more thoroughly exemplified than in the teachings and practices of certain deluded souls who imagine that they are practicing regeneration. L is Lamed." and as a noun signifies "an ox-goad. or want of instruction. and perverted. as it is also the Sephirah whence the same path rises on the Way of Return. materialized. XV. Jah." (The Pentagram. 'This is what Levi means by saying that it is the blind force which souls must conquer.V. is the veritable Devil. On the other hand. Reference to the Qabalistic dictionary in the lesson on the Literal Qabalah will give you an opportunity to trace the connections between various words corresponding to the number 15. We say "by practical experimentation. The Hebrew noun is pinw (4 14). which as a verb means "to instruct. Each refers to some aspect of the Astral Light. where it is truly a fatal force. the Tetragrarnmaton. For it is written. although the DEVIL symbolizes a false conception of the Life-Power. it also indicates the true nature of that Power when we know how to interpret the symbols.V. From the same source to which we owe the Book of Tokens. Love misunderstood. The DEVIL is what theologians call God. the DEVIL is a picture symbolizing the false conception of the Life-Power held by those who are wanting in knowledge of its real nature." Thus L.). we received in 1919 the following statement about the DEVIL: "The Devil is a figure of the Creative Fire encased in Matter. or L. because Hod is the Sephirah completing the 26th path Descent. working by the mathematical law of averages.

through the Tarot. calls up a picture of the Way which leads out of the delusions of this world into the Beyond of the higher consciousness that is our Goal. to be found in his anthology of Egyptian hymns. Renewing Intelligence. and the ability to use it is one sign whereby you may always distinguish a person who is really an occultist from the crank who merely supposes himself to be one. Thou risest." Laughter is a prophylactic. perhaps. A sense of humor is one of the best protections against the sense of separateness. and no egotist ever succeeded in accomplishing the Great Work. Let me quote an old Egyptian hymn to the sun-god Ra. Laughter is a cleansing activity. from Robert Silliman Hillyer's metrical version. Remember the words of The Book of Tokens: "Into every state of knowledge do I enter. because ~ = 3 0 0 = ~ ~ ~ 7 r t n i l . This is a false image. into false knowledge as well as into true. please do not overlook the obvious implication of this Qabalistic marriage of the idea of laughter with that suggested by the name of the 26th path. A sense of humor is indispensable to the practical occultist. and fortunately we have indisputable evidence that it is so. the number of Teth. the Foundation). remember. Thou art the King of Gods. The second letter is that which suggests the circumscribed field of human activity. thou art the All-comprising. but we are just a little afraid. to laugh at the equally demoniac idea of God which theologians have tried their best to impose upon the race-consciousness. Thy priests go forth at dawn. For the egotist is encased in the impenetrable shell of his sense of personal importance. But apart from these and other meanings of pinv which the Tarot will enable you to evoke from your inner consciousness. Thou shinest. and also the number of YESOD. so that I am not less the ignorance of the deluded than the wisdom . in thee are deified. For even those silly imaginings are the outworking of the Life-Power through unripened minds. and it also shows the operation of the power which is the conjunctive and mediating principle in the universe. The first letter is that of the Fire (the Fire of the Divine Breath. most of us call up an image of an austere.which is 9. and just that sense is what the Great Work seeks to overcome. From thee we come. entitled The Corning Forth By Day: "Homage to thee. The heavens are rolled aside. Divine winds move in music across thy golden strings. We have learned to laugh at the devil. they wash their hearts with laughter. at they tremendous rising. The last letter. Work out the deeper meanings of this Qabalistic term with the help of the Tarot cards. 0 Ra. When we think of an Egyptian priest. No egotist is ever a humorist. If you can understand that this grotesque figure in the 15th Key of the Tarot represents what sages have thought in all times and ages concerning the notion of God advanced by esoteric teachers you will be well on the way to realizing that the aim of practical occultism really is. The DEVIL is an image of man's silly imaginings about God. and its card is the one that shows the true relation of the Divine I AM to Its vehicle. At sunset they embrace thee. The third letter refers to the revelation of the arcana of the Ageless Wisdom when we listen in silence to the Revealer within. grim being. Life-Breath of the gods) which leads to the birth of the regenerated personality (Key 20). the coiled serpent. as every cloudy rafter Flames with reflected color from thy wings.

The number of the card is one clue. so that V ~ I and Beauty." He who is perfect in his use of this law of vibration is called a Master or a Yogi. that he can. par. and Saturn is the force of limitation. This last word is the name of the law which we shall apply in our work of modifying and intensifying the currents of the Astral Light. What is vibration? It is an alternating activity. Its real purpose is to intensify. For what thou callest ignorance and folly is my pure knowing. after all.the crest of the wave and its trough. So well does he understand the art of combining the inertia of Saturn with the energy of Mars. the fbsion of Salt and Sulphur). yet it may be that not every reader will rightly understand us. in the image of the Deity. multiply a few loaves and fishes until he has food enough to feed five thousand. is the great secret of the Life-Power.You remember that mn1 is also the conceals a reference to Cove spelling of a Hebrew word for copper. For Love." This is the force of the earthy sign. In both pictures the Way of Return is shown as a path ascending over rolling ground. purifi. We find the same image in the 14th and 18th Keys of the Tarot. something concerning the proper emotional mood in which to approach your work. . 6) Concerning the Astral Light Levi says also that "man. imperfectly expressed through an uncompleted image of my divine perfection" (ALEPH. the force which gives concreteness. like waves. n7wn. The Astral Light as manifested in Capricorn is also the means of the exaltation or lifting-up of the fiery activity of'the Mars-force. turn is by Gematria to the name of the Christos. of evolution. It is a universal law. are the basis of practical work in every department of occult science. Nachash. or definite shape and form. if need be. you will when you are riper. So much for the force. and you will find that 8 is the symbol of flux and reflux. This law is pictured in the Tarot by STRENGTH. as represented by the DEVIL. so that it rises and falls in its progress. (or as alchemists would say. You rnust know. Its name.of the sage. unless you are looking for trouble. This aspect of the One Force is the tempter in the allegory of Adam and Eve. Let the words stand. It is the power ruled by Saturn. If you do not grasp their full import now. The name calls up an image of wave-motion. a reciprocal ebb and flow of energy between two extremes or poles. His works are what the ignorant call miracles. of vibration. control and set at work the love-force in your whole being. Let us now consider the law which enables us to modify that force. and skill in applying it. modifies and apparently multiplies it in the reproduction of his species. Read the lesson on the meaning of numbers. to all things. and because it is at work in all things the path of the letter Teth is called "Intelligence of the Secret of all Spiritual Activities. If you look upon concentration as a disagreeable task you will never accomplish much at it. and in this image are two elements -. Therefore is the Sephirah of Victory called the sphere of Venus. the sign of the goat. because of the truth which the New Testament writer phrases thus: "Love faileth never. too. Messiach." What has all this to do with concentration? Simply this: You must understand the inner nature of the Astral Light before you begin to direct its currents. the metal of Venus. Capricorn. We do not know how to put the matter any plainer than this. Knowledge of the law of vibration.

nothing inharmonious lovely. Beauty. Service. because its essence is reciprocity. If you begin with the idea that you are going to unfold wonderful powers which will raise you above your fellows. as if you were walking up a long. beauty. The work is hard. Love. so that it is directly related to the great law of vibration represented by STRENGTH. beauty. service -understood aright .sum up the whole mystery of the Great Secret. or if in any other way your motive for study be a selfish one. For even as Love is the essential principle of divinity. But if you begin with the understanding that this work aims to make you more lovely by making you more lovable." All this is vitally important to you when you begin to study the practice of concentration. Jesus did not heal to show that he was a Master. so that the devil is merely a caricature of love.these are the key-words to the art of mastering the currents of the Astral Light. We warn you of them now so that they may not surprise or disturb you. which rules the heart. They have been horribly misunderstood. For they are unclean lips. these difficulties will soon lead you to abandon practice. Your body could not stand the strain. We cannot love unless we are loved. Love. through the troughs of the waves. on to ultimate success. service -. more beautiful by making you stronger. Fools and charlatans misuse them daily. nothing ugly serviceable. He did not nlultiply the loaves and fishes to convince anybody that he understood the secrets of cosmic law. so is the practical secret of the Great Work a secret of the human heart. Neither can you expect to make steady progress in concentration. Again and again he warned the recipients of his favors against vain babbling. because no service can be one-sided. But no others will serve. (and this particularly for students of occultism. more serviceable by turning all your life-force into constructive action which shall make your world a better one for all its inhabitants. where the lion is being led by a chain of roses. "See that thou tell no man. are simply expressions of the great law of alternation or vibration. Those apparent set-backs. Cranks of every stripe known to the 57 varieties of pseudo-occultism mouth and mumble these sacred syllables until one who really knows is almost physically nauseated by the sound of holy words emerging from unclean lips. Would there were other words to use than those which have been so often abused.) because the ability to master the Astral Light is not to be sought for the sake of being able to astonish your neighbor. I waste my time in efforts to produce a beauty which no eye but mine beholds. gradual incline. You cannot maintain yourself at the highest levels of consciousness all the time. poisoning the wells of existence with their vile imaginings. because nothing unbeautiful is strong. Love.The key to the secret of mastering the Astral Light by using the law of vibration is shown by the attribution of the letter Teth of the sign Leo. then the power of the ideal thus set before you will carry you through the periods of depression. those that besmirch all the beautiful laws of the Divine Life which flows through us. too. and its first stages are disheartening. because your success depends largely upon your ability to begin the work in the right mood. You will have your ups and . Days and weeks and months pass before one begins to get any striking results. We cannot serve you unless you serve us too. This is subtly and beautifully shown in the symbolism of the 8th Tarot trump. saying. these moments of depression following a period of exaltation. it is extremely unlikely that you will persevere long enough to get results. Service. If you begin in the wrong mood.

excitement or intense activity of the desire-nature. the more your thought will wander from the selected image. and the more you try to concentrate. the same number. Keep your record just as carefully on bad days as on good ones. is a synthesis of all the powers of nature below the human level. the sphere of Mars. corresponding to Aries. Geburah. If concentration is hard for you. excitement. Observe the numeration of this word. and he who atlains to it restores the Emperor of creation to his throne. It seems to us that more open exposition of the nature of this force has never been given. If you find it easy to concentrate. Curb your elation over a successful day. So it is in mental practice. you will discourage your less-gifted neighbor lby a recital of your successes. To Sagittarius. What is this fiery power? It is the Mars-force. To Aries. the sign symbolized by the DEVIL. Some days the exercises will be easy. Furthermore. and represented in that picture by the demon's inverted torch. n l a . as well as by the inverted pentagram upon his forehead. anger. it is the force whose sphere of action is the fifth Sephirah. A "bad day" is one in which you are gathering your forces. I wish to avoid the spirit of emulation or competition. the faculty corresponding to the letter S. Sight.downs. for if any reader of these pages remains in ignorance after this plain exposition of a secret long kept hidden. assigned to the sign Sagittarius. It is 216. 216. wrath. is that of the noun nil. Certainly we would not make it any clearer if we could. In Hebrew the noun for lion and also for the zodiacal sign Leo is Arieh. It is the force. You are responsible to no other person in this work but me.sight. when we think of him as the king of beasts. ruling in Aries where it has its highest throne. whose most occult aspects are those connected with the letter Nun. you will do yourself and your associates much harm. Consider it in all these aspects until you know what it is that you are learning to master when you set out to learn how to concentrate. Be sure that I shall play no favorites. because this is what gives us courage to persist. with the sign Scorpio. To Leo. because this beast is a syrnbol of all the forms of force which must be controlled before the higher vision may be experienced. and supports us (S) like a staff in our progress toward liberation. and do not compare notes as to your progress. l l l ~ . The main thing is to keep on. which may be the life of trade but is fatal to success in the work we are engaged in. Thus to every one of the three signs of the fiery triplicity in the zodiac the Qabalah gives a name which corresponds by Gematria to the names assigned to the other two signs of the same triplicity. And above all. for the perfection of the inner vision is the end of concentration. No matter how many times your attention wanders in the quarter-hour of practice. the faculty attributed to the letter H. Finally. . you only make it harder by telling other people so.11Et7. bring it resolutely back to the selected image. and with the symbolism of the 13th Key. again. Other days will come when you will have more breaks than usual. and of . and active in Leo and Sagittarius because these signs partake of its own essential quality. one of the two houses of Mars. The force you are learning to control is depicted in the 8th Tarot Key as a lion because the Ilion. the lion. and you will be happy over your success. Waves gather force: for their ascent while they are at the very lowest point of the trough. but who has donle no . and be sure not to let yourself become unhappy over an unsuccesshl one. that ignorance betrays him as one who has heard and read. If you begin to compare notes. It is the force exalted in Capricorn. Never for a moment trouble your mind about any other member of the class. and is the number of Geburah. This is most important.

The number of beads has yet another meaning. which absorbs personal emanations of the Astral Light. He who transcends the pairs of opposites is on the Middle Way. The first letter of this noun signifies Speech. the second corresponds to the faculty of Meditation. because 108 is half of 216. Let 8 serve to remind you of the law of vibration symbolized by STRENGTH. the DEVIL in the Tarot. Thus your rosary symbolizes the force you are learning to control. This is what the Hindus mean when they say that concentration raises the Kundalini. and it also represents the means you will use in order to control that serpent-power. the FOHAT of the Theosophical teaching. which are really suggestions to your subconsciousness. for this Key shows exactly what happens when you concentrate. What they do not say. because the least number of their total is 9. Thus your beads symbolize that transcending of the pairs of opposites which the sages recommend. wood. That perfect union is the occult significance of Coition. is chosen for two reasons: lst. It is composed of the symbols 1. That is. Let 0 recall the fact that the goal of concentration is union with that One which is neither Aught nor Naught. It shows an adept in the act of concentration. In concentration we do not try to lift up the Kundalini by . The number 108 is half of 216. so that both refer to the force of cosmic electricity.A word fixher concerning the number 216. so has their number several hidden meanings. the root of that power is the activity centered in that Sephirah. because wood is an organic substance. for one result of concentration is the raising of the Mars-force from lower to higher centers of the sympathetic nervous system. The numbers 216 and 108 have the same least number. it suggests a drawing together or concentration of the forces of Geburah. 9. so that your bead-string will eventually be a reservoir of your personal forces. It has something to do with the number of beads whereby you are to record the breaks in your practice. symbolize the cosmic force of FOHAT. You remember that we interpret this Key as a symbol of attention. 0 and 8. which H. Your beads. and relate also to the center where that force is most active in human life. Their material. Even as the color and the substance of the beads were not chosen at random. and Hyle was the Gnostic name for the Astral Light. Control of speech through meditation leads to the perfect marriage of the consciousness with the subconsciousness. the serpent-fire of the letter Teth. so that the beads in your rosary symbolize the synthesis of the opposite or polar manifestations of the Mars-force in a higher mode of expression. Here is a subtlety. The power he uses is being brought down from above. and it is the uniting of subject and object which results in the experience of superconsciousness.P. then. because "wood" is ljhq in Greek. is that the serpent-power rises in response to the descent of the undifferentiated Prana from above. Their color is that of the Saturnine influence of limitation dominant in Capricorn. whose Tarot symbol is the FOOL. And because 9 is also the number of the Sephirah Yesod. and the Hebrew noun for "middle" is 'xn (108). and the h c t i o n attributed to the third is that of Coition. Let 1 bring to your recollection the MAGICIAN. for no Hindu occultist ever makes a complete statement concerning any phase of practical work. 2nd. Blavatsky tells us is represented by the letter Teth.

main force, as if we were trying to raise ourselves by our boot-straps. We simply open ourselves to the descending current of light which flows down from Kether, and that current, when it returns, raises the serpent-fire from chakra to chakra. For it must never be forgotten that the Astral Light is cosmic electricity, and every electrician knows that no matter what the application we make of that force, it must always pass from a higher to a lower potential. Begin every period of concentration, therefore, by reciting the affirmations, beginning with the first. During the recitation picture the white light of Kether descending through the course of the lightning-flash on the Tree of Life, changing color as it passes from Sephirah to Sephirah - from the white of Kether to the opalescent gray of Chokmah, from this to the black of Binah, and so on, until you reach Malkuth, where you should visualize the color-cross of the four elements: Citrine, Russet, Slate and Black. Thus you will set up in the sphere of your personality the vibrations of every aspect of the One L.V.X., and so prepare yourself for the work that follows. DO NOT USE THE COLORS IN THE MORNING AND EVENING USE OF THE AFFIRMATIONS, OR AT A'NY OTHER TIME EXCEPT AS A PRELIMINARY TO CONCENTRATION PRACTICE. This exercise should not be explained to affiliates of the Builders who have not advanced into the second Section, and it should never be mentioned to outsiders. It is by no means "all imagination." You really set up the vibratory action of these forces when you recite the affirmations and visualize the colors at the same time. Another thing to notice about the MAGICIAN is that his left hand makes a gesture indicating definite purpose. He is directing his power to a plane below that of his own existence, for a specific reason. The plane below him is shown as a garden, which typifies the subconscious. In concentration remember always that you seek to impress some definite images upon the subconscious. You do not draw down the power from Kether without any particular object. You aim to accomplish some concrete modification of the subconscious field of activity. What the purpose may be will vary from day to day, according to the circumstances. It will alw,ays have certain characteristics. You will use the force either to promote the culture of a desire image (roses), or also to develop some seed of intellectual perception (lilies). Again, whatever the exercise may be, it will necessarily partake of the dominant quality of one of the implements symbolizing the elements. For in each path on the Tree of Life one of the elements predominates, except in the loth, Malkuth, the 3rd, Binah, the 2nd, Chokrnah, and the lst, Kether -- these four being synthetic paths, in which the operation of all four elements is mingled, without any one element predominating. The garments of the MAGICIAN show that the outer aspect of the One Force utilized in concentration is Rajas, Sulphur, or the fiery desire-nature (red), while the inner reality is Sattva, Mercury, or the white brilliance of Kether. For it is really the descent of power from Kether which does the work, although the manifestation of power takes the Rajasic form of the ascent of Kundalini. The MAGICIAN'S serpent girdle symbolizes the Tamasic limitation imposed upon the white light of Kether in all concentration practice. The exercises to be practiced in connection with this lesson are connected with the 32nd path of Tau, the 3 1st path of Shin, and the 30th path of Resh. In the exercises for the 32nd path, imagine yourself also to be in Malkuth, but projecting your consciousness upward to Yesod. In the practice

of concentration connected with the 30th path, however, you must imagine yourself as being placed in Hod, and as drawing power up from Yesod to Hod, along the channel of that path. Observe these directions carefully, even though the reasons therefore may not be evident at a first reading. Place your watch where you can see it without having to alter your position to look at it, and practice five minutes of your fifteen-minute period on each path. By so doing you avoid strain in these first exercises, because the shifting of attention at the end of five minutes from one path to another is a kind of rest. On the first day of practice confine yourself to the color of the path. Begin with the color-cross of Malkuth, and then picture a ray of deep indigo force passing upward from the citrine segment of Malkuth toward Yesod. See yourself projecting that force upward and inward. Whenever the image wavers, slip a bead on your string. At first this action of slipping the beads will interfere with concentration, but eventually it will become automatic, as will the noting of the passage of time. (In passing I may say that this work will ultimately provide you with a sort of interior clock, so that you will be able to estimate the passage of time automatically.) After the first five minutes, change to the path of Shin, picturing a red ray projected upward from the russet segment of Malkuth. Then, after five minutes of this, place yourself in Hod, seeing yourself surrounded by a sphere of orange light, and see a ray of the same light being drawn upward to your from the sphere of Yesod. (This imagined activity is in actual correspondence when one succeeds in this particular exercise.) On the second day, concentrate on the planetary symbols and elementary symbol. Begin with Saturn, and visualize the syn~bol color, holding it firmly before your mental gaze, and recording in as a break each variation in shape or color. Next take the path of Shin, and imagine an upright red triangle. Finish this series of concentrations with the path of Resh and use a sun-symbol in orange. The third day, use the Hebrew letters, visualizing each in its proper color. The fourth day, using your pitch-pipe or the piano (which is not nearly so good) to give you the tone, sound the names of the three letters, one during each five minutes, at first audibly, and then internally. The fifth day picture the corresponding Tarot Keys. The sixth day use this formula: "I am the Administrative Intelligence, uniting the Kingdom of Light to its Foundation," during the first five minutes; in the succeeding five minutes say, "I am the Perpetual Intelligence, which rules the two great lights of consciousness"; and in the last five minutes say, "I am the Collecting Intelligence, gathering up the force of the Foundation, and concentrating it in the sphere of Splendor." The seventh day you should do no practices. At the end of the period make a brief record of the following things:

I. Time practice began. 2. Number of breaks in each five-minute period. 3. Easiest part of exercise. 4. Hardest part of exercise. 5. Any unusual impressions.
This record is essential, and I shall wish to examine it from time to time. A good record contains

few words, and one that describes a lot of marvelous psychic experiences is a very, very bad one.

the better. who begins the Fourth Book of his Yoga Sutras with this declaration: "Psychic and spiritual powers may be inborn. if for no other reason that you will be ashamed to send me a report which says repeatedly. It all goes back to the teaching of that master of concentration. they hate to change their habits." (Of course. In some respects the version given by Swami Vivekananda seems . By this time your experiences with the exercises already given should have convinced you that those teachers who come periodically to our great cities with the message. or they may be gained by the use of drugs. It is on this account that we ask you to keep a record." So Charles Johnston translates it. Like all other living beings. In time this will act as an incentive which will help you to overcome the inertia of your lazy brain-cells. On the contrary.) What we have just said about the task being primarily one of getting your brain-cells into a habit of industry and obedience goes to the root of the whole matter. and you have been letting them do as they please so long that now they will try to wheedle you out of sticking regularly to the practice-period. The more time you can find to devote to this work." are telling only part of the secret. but we do hope that your experiences with the exercises will have interested you sufficiently to induce you to keep on with the practice for the rest of your life. so that at the end of the course you may have in your possession a practical working manual on the practice of this phase of occult training. or by incantations. which you can perform. What they say is true so far as it goes. it seems best to give you a small task. or by fervor. For it is your brain-cells that trick you.The Power of the Mind The purpose of these lessons on concentration and meditation is really two fold. The only reason that a period of fifteen minutes is mentioned is that many students of these lessons are busy people who are more or less obsessed by the illusion that they cannot spare time for lengthy practice. however. You must not suppose that the fifteen minutes practice-period suggested is a maximum. so that you may not be tricked by your brain-cells into neglecting it. shame is the very worst of reasons for being faithful in practice. Primarily they are intended to give you some first-hand knowledge of what happens when one attempts to control mental imagery. the Hindu sage. or by meditation. "Did not practice today. they aim to condense into a comparatively small compass the substance of the many books that have been written on the subject. it is the minimum. Until that understanding comes. This is the object of the exercises at the end of each lesson. Patanjali. We do not expect that you will have attained any startling degree of skill in this art by the time you have completed these lessons. The "catch is that not one person in ten thousand can even begin to "hold" a thought. but it is better than no reason at all. Secondarily. "You can have anything you want if only you will hold the thought. and to note the days you do not practice as faithfully as those that you do. We say "obsessed with the illusion" because a person who really understands the need for concentration will give up almost anything to practice it.

which have power. vrihen repeated under proper conditions. to produce these extraordinary powers. Concentration. their legs become so stiff in this position that they can no more bend them. so that it would get rid of birth and death. As soon as this body dies we shall have to manufacture another. Many of the most wonderful medicines of the present day we owe to the Rasayanas. It was such torture that he had to go to a river and put himself in water. chemical means. mortification or concentration. The power of words. and that by certain preparations of these a man could keep the body as long as he liked. until their feet swell. the great authority on Yoga. mortifications and asceticism have been practiced. that is the principal theme of this science. but have to stand all their lives. In India there was a sect called the Rasayanas. There are certain sacred words called Mantrams. and that allayed the pain a little. If the body broke now and then it would take so much more time to attain to the goal. first make the body very strong. and that is Yoga proper. Others believed that certain drugs could bring powers. until their hands wither and die. I once saw a man who had raised his hands in this way. simply changing it continually? They also thought that in mercury and in sulphur was hidden the most wonderful power. You find that in every religion. If it is possible that we live after death. and I asked him how it felt when he did it at first. day and night. notably the use of metals in medicine. All of you know that chemistry originally began as alchemy. Pataniali." This is Vivekananda's commentary on this aphorism: "Sometimes a man is born with the Siddhis. which means. and if it be true that each mind is only one particular outlet to that infinite energy. and make other bodies. that he was a Siddha. as it were. we should have so much more time to become spiritual. Before he has advanced very far he dies. After a month he did not suffer much. You will find men standing with their hands up all their lives. literally. Their idea was that ideality. then dies. He said it was awful torture. Then he takes another body and begins again. If we can do that why cannot we do it just here and now. why is it impossible that we should have the power of making bodies here. if they live. power of words. powers. If the body could be made strong and perfect. There is no limit to man's power. without dissolving this body. air. that we do not think anything of them. and so forth. knowledge. day and night. In these religious conceptions the Hindus always go to the extremes. and so on. the great father of the Sankhva Philosophy.to me to be clearer: "The Siddhis (powers) are attained by birth. Men sleep standing. and in this way much time will be lost in dying and being born again. a man wants to practice Yogi5 or wants to become spiritual. were all very right. spirituality and religion. and they claim that this body can be made immortal. without getting out? The theoly is perfectly correct. Their idea is that if the mind is manufacturing the body. and it is the highest . of course from the exercise of powers he had in his previous birth. We are living in the midst of such a mass of miracles. Mortification. and elixirs of life. In this birth he is born. etc. and that there is no limit to each particular outlet getting any amount of power from outside. The concentration is Samadhi. So these Rasayanas say. The Yogis claim that these powers can be gained by chemical means. to enjoy the fruits of them. does not deny this. why is it impossible that we should keep our bodies all the time? We shall have to manufacture all the bodies that we shall ever have. For instance. Through such practices powers (Siddhis) can be attained. men went in search of the philosopher's stone. but that the body was the only instrument by which to attain to all these. and. the power of words and the power of mind. It is said of Kapila. Certain sects of the Yogis claim that many of their principal teachers are still living in their old bodies. a man who has attained to success. such as flying through the.

Little by little she began to make friends. Let it be definitely understood that I am not even hinting that to take any of these drugs is a good way to develop the superconscious state. because it is like breaking an egg-shell to help the chicken get out. people didn't notice the change. but her religion seemed to be limited to occupying a pew twice on Sunday. Watson" (We hide her identity under a fictitious name. On the contrary. a body-state. He also gave her the priceless power of looking with understanding into the hearts of men. Our reason for dwelling upon this phase of the subject is to make you see that the superconscious state is a brain-state. and neither the use of drugs. The Varieties of Religious Experience. and neither did anybody else in the village. a condition of the blood-chemistry which makes the body able to ." The sum-total of their discovery was that the superconscious experience can be induced by inhaling laughing-gas.usually in order to give him a thorough tongue-lashing for some trifling misdeed. they began to go to her for advice. The superconscious powers ought properly to be unfolded from within." There once lived in our little New York village a woman of sixty who was the most thoroughly disliked person in the community. Then Elmer began to tell us boys what a difference he found in her. The young people who used to cross the street to avoid her began to look forward to her appearance. and the dentist gave her laughing-gas. And her voice! Who could forget its piercing tones as she yelled. mental. Her tongue was like a dagger.means. it is a very bad way. She was a regular attendant at the Baptist Church. For the change in Mrs. moral or spiritual. nor the practices of those who "develop passives" by some variation of hypnotism can be defended by any one who knows the law. More than that. She never could be induced to say much about it." Whatever it was that she saw. of course. We found it out years afterward when reading William James's. And as she was coming out the anesthetic she has a vision. of course. In that book James describes the experiments of a little group somewhere here in America. In the same way the experiences of people who have experimented with hashish bear internal evidence that they were temporarily raised to the superconscious plane. for when the Lord gave her "a look into things". the experience changed her life. and we cannot attain to the highest through them. At first. But she used to testify that the Lord had come to her to give her a "look into things. who published some pamphlets concerning what they called "The Anaesthetic Revelation. Watson's voice. Of all the "ingrowing" dispositions that ever one encountered. hers was the worst. and it is probable that she could find no words. "El-mer-r-r!" to call her nephew into the house -. or opening the cocoon to release a butterfly. but after a while they began to wonder what had "come over Mrs. The preceding ones are only secondary. and both old and young had suffered from the poison of her envenomed words. Now it chanced that the poor old lady had to have two teeth extracted. Watson was brought about by the laughing-gas. For twenty years she was an incarnate blessing to that village .and all because she had two teeth pulled. for good reasons. She didn't know it. Samadhi is the means through which we can gain anything and everything. We don't know just what she saw.) One of the things that struck us all was the change in Mrs.

This danger is obviated when we use the other means that are mentioned by Patanjali . Mortification is indispensable. and whole books on this subject are to be found in the occult literature of India. There is more to them than the words. having power ineffable in the mysteries. The various means enumerated by Patanjali all bring about this change in the physical body. and it is the reaction fiom these other chemical activities which has so disastrous a rt:sult in the long run. Without these there can be no concentration. and to be able to make it shows the right mental attitude to have toward all occult work. A member of this class came to us with the objection that it seemed to her that in our concentration work we were only getting reflections of our previous studies -. Sanskrit is also well-adapted to making powerful combinations of sound and meaning. There is merit in such an objection. that we try to adhere to is that nothing shall be used in practice that is not understood by the person who is doing the work. so ithat every technical term in the Secret Wisdom of Israel can be expressed for us as either a sequence of colors or as a sequence of tones. for example. the Tree of Life and its paths. It is on this account that we prefer the Hebirew words of power. One principle takes form in manifold effects. more rapid vibrations of the consciousness beyond thought. and we shall now proceed to outline the Builders teaching concerning these two important details. But the disadvantage of the drug is that it produces other changes." One principle. as it were. also in spite of much that we hear today fiom people who really ought to know better. is not so good a medium for making "words-of-power" as are some other tongues. In the case now under examination. For what is called "the law of parsimony" is at work throughout nature. And all our study of the Qabalah is designed to make us familiar with the realities corresponding to these colors and tones.and in spite of the concluding remarks in Vivekananda's comment on the aphorism. and until that change is made. and so on. From the very beginning of our work we ask our affiliates to learn the affirmations which state the truth about the Self of man. The English language. But the student . For we know the sound-value and the color-value of every Hebrew letter. finer.that after all this work only sets the mind to echoing. and the sound and rhythm play their part in making the affirmations effective. for they are names divine. as you know by this time. however. lends itself very well to this kind of thing. Latin. It is because of the sound-value in certain words that we find this injunctioil in The Chaldean Oracles: "Change not barbarous names in evocation. the established fact that superconsciousness may be induced by takiing a drug shows that every example of superconsciousness must involve a change in the body-chemistry similar to that induced by the drug. mus't be employed. it is impossible to succeed in meditation until one has also used the other means. however. as well as those which temporarily enable certain organs in the brain to register these lhigh vibrations.register the higher. and the sentences of the Rornan Catholic liturgy have a very strong mantric power. or the power of words. and these affirmations are what Vivekananda calls rnantrams. there is no experience of superconsciousness. Incantations. the forms implanted therein by learning the various attributions of the letters. In these ten sentences there is a sound-value and a rhythm-value. We make a great deal of use of the power of words. written in English.

all of it. Because the Qabalah is built up scientifically. let us sum up the whole matter by saying that we use the Hebrew names because they are the ones which we can most conveniently explain. and every one of its details. an actual vibration is set up which affects everything in correspondence with it. is one potent reason why the use of drugs is inadvisable. Just now it need only be said that the Secret Wisdom is the truth which the wise have found by looking within. When you learn the First Year work you are not putting anything into your mind except convenient tags or labels for the ideas your mind already contains.by a tiny space. but still shifts . although at present it seems otherwise to us. To get back to the subject of words-of-power. The practice of concentration and meditation simply assists you in bringing it to the surface. of course. that the whole process of occult training and development is the externalization of powers already latent within the heart of man. But the Builders hold. This. because. because the correspondences are true ones. doesn't it?" she asked. also. Some metaphysicians even go so far as to say that really there isn't any "outside" at all. shifts . this work will ultimately put you in possession of details of the Ageless Wisdom which never can be written in books.overlooked one important detail. Svmbolism is the universal language of the race-consciousness.the center of gravity of the earth. indeed. And this brings me to the other part of the student's objection. That truth is always within. the . "there is no limit to each particular outlet getting any amount of power from outside. Simultaneously. We are not prepared to argue with them. Even so carell a writer as Vivekananda made a slip in the very quotation given at the beginning of this lesson when he said. We are never so much on the wrong track as when we try to get anything from outside. a fulcrum for the lever of your internal power." Power is always inside. Perhaps the most important thing of all is the fact that this Qabalistic symbolism is a product of the self-examination of men trained in introspection. For the only place where anybody can contact the infinite and eternal energy whence all things proceed is at the very heart of being. "Nothing comes from outside. at bottom. determined by the researches of physical scientists. all these attributions were derived by introspection. in that same indivisible instant of time. This is a tremendous fact. To take a drug to make you superconscious is to fasten the more firmly upon yourself the delusion that you can get power from outside. As a matter of fact it is just what is right with concentration and meditation. What it means has been well put by Allan Bennett in one of his lectures on The Wisdom of the Arvas: "I strike my hand on the table. We need to remember always that our slightest physical activities modify all the matter in space. the power that takes you there will come from within. and because we can t r every letter into a color and sound. It is within you even at this moment -. Let us un say fixher that when these names are intoned in the sound-sequences indicated by the letters. Whatever the heights you may attain." And this seemed to her to indicate that something must be wrong with the work. in agreement with every teaching of the Ageless Wisdom. As a matter of fact the drug only provides a condition. "It all comes from yourself. and the action. Concerning the value of introspection we shall write at some length in the next lesson. because their number is relatively small.

but delusion. you must remember this: that. but dare we sit in judgment upon o w brothers and sisters because they follow ways which seem to us to be painful and unnecessary? We do not know. The illusion of separateness makes it seem to us that we make personal efforts to gain skill and precision. but nevertheless actual. Far otherwise. but He registered also His knowledge that not even the least of human actions is confined to the personal vehicle through which the One Life performs that action. the distance goes on increasing forever. Thus. it is. Not illusion. until we come to understand how. one of the Hindu .great Sun swerves in his vast march through space. or else we aid it.perhaps by putting obstacles in our way. and countless long-dead suns as well.come to an end. Thus we find the Gheranda Sanhita. by no means inappreciable in its results. too. Mortification goes to extremes among certain types of religious fanatics. the sound and color vibrations which we set up make themselves felt to the outennost reaches of space." For he meant not only that the One Life personified in His teaching as the "Father" is the Eternal Worker in all human activities. For us the time has come when our knowledge of this truth makes it intolerable for us to be unskillhl in action. if the velocity of propagation (of gravitation) be but infinite. Complete escape is Mok. the necessary fiction which makes existence possible. whether in English. inalienably affecting it each moment of its life. mightier than a thousand of our own Sun rolled into one huge orb. and the effect continues for eternity." Because of this Eliphas Levi wrote. All the great universe thrills in answer to every movement of each living thing in each of all these countless islets of its life. in a sense. is likewise set recoiling at a slightly different angle. we come to see how sonlelnow every atom of matter has a certain part in every other atom. even by its most enthusiastic devotees. all Life is One indeed. and yet again. great distant Sirius. rearrangements of the atoms in our brains. does the effect of that action . We advocate no such extremes as those cited by Vivekananda. since it involves a change from the path he would otherwise have gone. We begin to see the tremendous importance to the Great Work of even our lightest words and thoughts. It has brought us together to study Its own finer laws. in that same instant. and help to speed it to completion. there is a meaning within a meaning in Jesus' words. "There are no solitary actions. and we refuse to be stampeded by the fears of people who do not know that what the Hindus call Hatha Yoga is not regarded. and we cannot say too often that we must act iust as if this illusion were true. we are really changing even the physical course of worlds. minute although that alteration in his path may be. for force is indestructible. cosmic consciousness. every sun and star that shines. for in the same indivisible moment of time. And not even at our Sun. is in a manner present in it.of every action of every living thing . if you give it time enough. is what we all must learn sooner or later to escape from. At the same time we must KNOW THAT IT IS AN ILLUSION. carrying with him his retinue of servient planets. however remote or tiny. And when we say a mantram. because we are making slight. at our whole family of planets. "Of myself I can do nothing. even in this purely material sense. or in some other tongue. are similarly affected." Because of this. for. as an end in itself. There is no tiniest speck of cosmic dust but is changed in its direction because of that my action. So when we sit in meditation in the seeming solitude of our own rooms. Yet must we remember always that all this is done in and through us by the One Life. At the same time we know that physical control is necessary. aye. the forgetting of the tn1t11 back of the fiction. It will ripen us . And. liberation. Either we mar the Work and delay it a little.sha. and so escape being deluded by it. however near or large.

This is very difficult and painful at first. so that the muscular pull and push shall be equilibrated all over the body. An old rule is: Eat half what can conveniently be taken. and posture and breathing are part of Hatha Yoga. So is keeping the body clean. and use ten of these cycles of breathing before you begin to practice. Some are very difficult. They are too well known in these days. when your belief in the virtues of this or that kind of food may be of some assistance. you If have had any special training in Pranayama. In the out-breathing pucker your lips as if your intention was to whistle." a posture must be practiced. first learn to be scrupulously clean. you will suddenly find that all sense of body is lost. because in either instance you will put pressure on the nerves behind the knees. If not. When you have decided how you shall sit. This is a ladder for climbing to the higher heights of Raja Yoga. They complete the lower triangle of the Sephiroth. "Posture is that which is steady and easy." Be on your guard here. it is because you are unconsciously easing your muscles by little movements. Choose a position that keeps the head and back erect and in a straight line. Other distractions will come. you need not change your accustomed breath-rhythms.classics on Hatha Yoga. You won't know you have a body. and from that time on your chosen posture will be the most comfortable attitude you can assume. The main thing is not to eat too much. Be careful to sit neither too high nor too low." If you want to learn to concentrate. "Posture is that which is firm and pleasant. Above all things. This has at its center YESOD. the Sephirah which corresponds to the . Let all this breathing be done slowly and evenly. hold the breath for sixteen pulse-beats. The exercises for this lesson have to do with the 29th. yet you must endeavor to keep still in spite of them. too. "Take any posture which is comfortable. The meaning is not. just as you are ready to believe that steadiness and comfort will never come. The Gheranda Sanhita describes 32 postures (as many as there are paths on the Tree of Life). Watch for these." Even the most rabid of these who denounce Hatha Yoga will recommend the Bhagavad-Gita. practice rhythmic breathing as follows: Breathe in through the nostrils slowly. "A dirty man cannot be a Yogi. All this is Hatha Yoga. and yet the Gita gives precise directions as to posture and breathing. The idea is to maintain perfect balance of the flexor and extensor muscles. As to posture. which the Hindus call Prana~ama. and the practice will take you through a door of pain. the Hindu teachers differ considerably in their directions. be neither relaxed nor tense. saying: "I salute that First Lord who taught first the science of Hatha Yoga. inside and out. To be "firm and pleasant" or "steady and easy. and some seem at first to be comparatively easy. One day. If this part of your practice does not hurt. while you count four pulse-beats. You will find out from experience what agrees with you and what does not. Do not cross the knees. We give no rules for hygiene and diet. breathe out through the mouth during eight pulse-beats. unless you happen to be very suggestible. A freak diet will not help you. but their meaning is one. Patanjali says. Besides posture there is also the matter of breath-control. 28th and 27th paths. do not abandon one posture to try another. They are bad "breaks"." Sankhya's directions are equally concise." No posture is comfortable after a few minutes. Vivekananda says. Stick to the one you begin with. You will develop itching and tickling sensations in the most unexpected places.

Draw it across the Tree of Life from Hod to Netzach along the 27th path. YESOD. in order that you may be fit to serve. You will find a very interesting description of this whole matter in The Cloud U w n the Sanctuary. in the same order that you followed in the exercise with the 32nd. when they have attained to a certain degree of conscious perception that such a School really exists. intellect and feeling.ainst false interpretations of "purification. is manifested in all three of these other Sephiroth. Don't make the mistake of trying to write a record which you think will please us. KEEP YOUR RECORD CAREFULLY. Tarot cards another. In Netzach it takes form in emotions and desires. But do not practice to attract their attention. letters another. say so. That is to say.") The Hebrew mantram corresponding to this Sephirah and to the Grade of Zelator is the divine name Adonai Melek.cell-consciousness. (Do not forget that to purify is to free from adulteration or mixture. the framers of this work. Use colors one session." It is pronounced A h . Write exactly what happens. Practice because you recognize the need for gaining skill. Project the light from Malkuth to Netzach througli the 29th path. Hod and Netzach. The work of the Zelator has to do with the right classification of the four elements. or automatic consciousness of the physical organism. These first exercises have deeper meaning than you may now perceive. we shall make extracts from it for the use of our affiliates. by Eckhartshausen.n a b Meh-lek. In Hod the same power is the root of intellectual activities. you will have attracted by your practice the attention of certain wise ones who are ahead of you on the Path. you will have furnished yourself with the pass-words and with certain signs by which members of that Order know each other on the Inner Planes. especially in Chapter 11. and the tonal sequence indicated by its letters is as follows: . Rest. as before. When you have completed the exercises up to this point you will have passed symbolically through four grades of the Invisible Rosicrucian Order.d o h . (Consider well the various attributions of YESOD as given in the First Year Course. is the work of mastering the senses. which means "Lord King" or "Divine Royalty. The ways of this world have a tendency to make unconscious liars of all men. and what 1)ulks large in your imagination may not really amount to much. as shown in the color-cross in Malkuth. As this book is now somewhat difficult to procure.) This Sephirah is the center of the triangle whose points are Malkuth. with Yesod at the center. If a day comes when you hate the work. The first grade of the Invisible Order is that of Zelator. The thing you think not so very important may be the key to your whole problem. practice five minutes (or more) on each path. too. Project it from Yesod to Netzach through the 28th path. Be on your guard ag. or Inner School. Following the same order of attributions as you used in the exercises given in the preceding lesson. Among the members of the Invisible Order. More than this. of purifying them. Strive to let this account of your work be the undecorated and unvarnished truth. of refining them. the foundation. and these extracts will be issued as a supplement to this course. 31st and 30th paths. there is regular communication of thought and ideas. the seventh day from the day on which you began. In Malkuth the power of YESOD takes form as sensation. and it corresponds to the Sephirah Malkuth. His. you have symbolically formulated an equilibration of sensation. 'Thus when you have completed this lower triangle of Sephiroth.

This is an intimation that the whole theory of the Work is somehow connected with the mystery of this 9th Path. So it is. and you will begin to realize what it is that you are trying to accomplish. inference and trial. Its method is the scientific method. for the basis of the work is the equilibration and sublimation of the power of Yesod. The mantram of this Grade is Elohim Tzabaoth." and it is intoned as follows: . Ponder the attributions of this Sephirah. the tonal sequence with the pronunciation: Shah . the grade of those who have passed from study of theory to the experimental work upon which all valid inductive reasoning must be established. "The Powers of the Hosts.ee To the Sephirah of Intellectual Activity.Ah . corresponds the Grade of Practicus. The practice of the Builders is founded upon reason. ask for light fiom within. the sphere of Reason.d o h .n a h - ee Meh - lek The Sephirah Yesod corresponds to the Grade of Theoricus. The mantram for this Grade of Theoricus is the divine name Shaddai El Chai.dah - ee Ay - yil Ch'ah . which means one versed in the theory of the Great Work. the method of observation. which means literally "The Almighty Strength of Life".

Ay . and because it is necessary now that you sh." They are given at this point for the sake of completeness.0 0 t h The fourth Grade is the Grade of Philosophus. On the next page you will find a summary of your progress on the Path of Return up to this point. Rightly performed.oo .ould know what they are. these names are seen as well as heard.0 0 t h CAUTION: Do not use these mantrams thoughtlessly. observation and intellectual examination have determined the laws of the Work.h e y . Do not attempt to go beyond this lesson until you have every detail of this portion of the work.h e Tsah - bah - oo .y i l - oh he . or 'Ijust to see what will happen.b a h . The mantram of this grade is as follows: Yod . Do not forget that these tone-sequences are color-sequences also.e e m T s a h . something of the philosophy behind the facts. . after experiment.waw . in which. the advancing seeker for light begins to grasp somewhat of the meaning behind the laws.

THE FIRST FOUR STEPS ON THE PATH OF RETURN

Watchful Introspection
Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography is the ponderous title of a good book by the New Thought-pioneer, Henry Wood, in which he begins a chapter (or perhaps it was a chapter in his The New Thought Simplified) with an anecdote about a boy who answered, when admonished not to whistle, "I ain't whistlin'. It whistles itself." So it is with the activity of the brain-cells in most of us. "It thinks itself' is a pretty accurate description of what happens to us all day long. One evening at dinner with one of our affiliates who has begun these concentration exercises, various points on concentration came up. Among other thoughts, he said, "The most astonishing thing that I have learned is that we do not think. We are thought. I begin to hold an image, and perhaps two minutes later find myself thinking about the potatoes I had for dinner, and this without any realization of the moment when my attention began to wander." To be able to recognize this is encouraging. Many practice a long time without noticing their "breaks." Some pupils have assured us that they only made ten or eleven breaks in the course of five minutes. This means simply that they haven't learned how to watch. Ten breaks in five minutes would be an average of one every thirty seconds, and if you can really hold a selected image steady for thirty seconds you do not need this course at all. For the Yogis teach that when the thinking principle can be restrained from taking any but a selected form for twelve seconds, that is Dharana, or concentration. And Dharana prolonged becomes Dhvana, or meditation, which is defined by Patanjali in the third chapter of the Yoga Sutras: "A prolonged holding of the receiving consciousness in that region is meditation" (that is, in the region selected as a focal point of concentration.) What really happens to many people who suppose themselves to be concentrating is that they disconnect attention altogether from the associative processes of the mind. This is what is done when we follow any of those directions for "going into the silence" which bid us make the mind passive, and try to think of nothing. DON'T TRY TO MAKE YOUR MIND A BLANK. To do so is to invite anarchy in the brain-cells. Not only anarchy in your own brain-cells, but susceptibility to every vagrant thought-form that may be in your neighborhood. Remember that your personality exists on more planes than one, and that within and above the physical (in the sense that the finer rates of vibration are higher, just as the more rapidly vibrating notes of the musical scale are "higher") there are forms of Life which seek externalization through physical vehicles. Some of these forms are beneficent, some are hostile, some are best described as "sprites." If you relinquish command of your brain-cells by becoming passive and making your mind a blank, you give up all power of selection. Remarkable phenomena may result from this kind of "development," but you never can tell what will happen, nor can you ever be sure that the same "forces" will come twice in succession. You will be played upon, but you yourself will not gain the least bit of added control over your brain-activities, or over the finer forces of your being. That some people who make themselves passive perform works of healing, speak in strange tongues, describe distant scenes, get apparently authentic messages from the departed, and deliver wonderful inspirational addresses is true. But these people are puppets of forces they do not understand, and they do not ripen with the passage of time. Their spiritual stature is not increased,

their own latent forces are not unfolded, their store of wisdom is not tapped. Such people lnave performed a great service to the world, for they have forced upon a materialistic age the realization that besides the forces perceived by the senses there are other subtler modes of the One Life in which we all share. We believe that in the long run they will be compensated for this work, because it is a tremendous sacrifice. For theirs is not the way of mastery, and in taking it they impose upon themselves the necessity of a greater number of incarnations, in order to restore the balance which is disturbed by passive surrender to the elemental vibrations of the etheric and astral planes. We look upon them as self-immolated victims, but we would not have you among their number. For the time has passed when the world needs to be convinced at such tremendous cost. And there is great need for skilled workers in another field. The Great Work now denlands adepts in the conscious direction of these forces to which the passive must needs blindly surrender. The calll has gone forth from Those Beyond for those trained by patient practice in the command of these groups of living beings which our physiologists call "brain-centers" and "sympathetic ganglia." Such command is not to be achieved by the person who practices making his mind a blank, who endeavors to think about nothing. Concentration is not this. It is, says Patanjali, the restraint of the thinking principle from taking various forms. Psychologists would call it the restraint of the tendency of the mind to make associations of ideas. Not one person in ten thousand has sufficient command of this associative activity even to direct it in a predetermined course. Not one in fifty thousand is able to check it altogether. hat one in fifty thousand who can really stop the association of ideas has not gained his power by becoming passive. On the contrary, his adeptship (for such a man is deserving the title of adept) is the fruit of long and patient, and watchful training. When we first begin we do not notice the breaks, because we do not really see what goes on in the mental field at all. We really have some moments of oblivion, and do not notice when the image chosen slips out of range, nor when it comes back. The result is that we think we have been attending to it much longer than we really have. Be on your guard against this. Alnlost everybody experiences it when such practice as this is first begun. In the preceding lesson we said we should have something to say about introspection. All that you have just read is by way of preparation. For the essence of introspection is watchfulness, and this intense, alert observation of what is happening in your mental field is just the opposite from the passivity of the person who is trying "to think of nothing." Introspection, called Pratyahara in the Yoga Sutras begins as mere attentive observation of' the current of images flowing through the mental field. Before beginning this practice you should understand that there is a sense in which the production of these images may be thought of as blcing almost automatic. If you keep this in mind you will escape the horror which assails some people the moment they find out what is really going on just below the surface of consciousness. To understand what is happening you must remember that the subconsciousness contains a great deal of experience that you have absorbed without knowing anything whatever about it. The rnost respectable spinster in New York, for instance, undoubtedly has tucked away in her menlory a complete vocabulary of slang, profanity and obscenity. For we are all exposed daily to the language of the gutters, and although we refuse to attend to the filth which assails our ears, we hear it just the

thousands of facts and names and faces. the Jabbenvock and the Mock Turtle in the stories. thus increasing its turbulence. When a man is stung by a scorpion he jumps about for a whole day. restless by his own nature. some horrible -. Let the monkey jump as much as he can. too. And from this tremendous mass of images -. you simply . so that he became still more restless. and wait patiently but confidently. or that they must be terribly depraved. Probably "expect" is better. Nothing of the sort. and our brain-cells record everything.strange beasts like the Snark. Then a scorpion stung him. Perfection in slowing down the associations will not come all at once. As you sit by your mental window you will see all sorts and conditions of thoughts go past. Some will be clean and beautiful. As if that were not enough someone made him drink freely of wine. "Will. then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire. Simply will the procession to move more slowly. when some lovely image comes along. How hard to control such a mind. and last of all the demon of pride takes possession of the mind. incessantly active by its own nature. Well has it been compared to the maddened monkey. It is like that monkey jumping about. Some people have been driven almost to desperation when they found their minds echoing with phrases like those we see chalked up on blank walls everywhere. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey. Do not make the mistake of trying to check the images one by one by holding onto any of them. thousands of impressions of scenes of which we have no conscious recollection. Resist it for the present. until you learn the first lesson from introspection which is: unless controlled. You must not hold yourself responsible for this. once you learn to command it. The second exercise in Pratyahara gives us encouragement. as all monkeys are. and all the working of a law that you can utilize to produce marvelous results. Be careful not to detain any of them at this point in your practice. and then you will have learned your second lesson: the speed of association can be modified by expectant attention. Just watch. If we could go no farther than this. And not only does it bring up the duplicates of long-forgotten and partly never-realized experience.same. convinced that they were either going insane. To complete this misery a demon entered into him. is to sit for some time and let the mind run on.some beautiful." "The first lesson." perhaps. then. making it think itself of all importance. then.the process of association brings up all sorts of things. and unspeakably ugly. There was a monkey. and you will find that it does. fantastic combinations of these elements -. In like manner there are stored away in our brains hundreds of phrases in foreign tongues. It is all perfectly natural. The mind is bubbling up all the time. by watching the mental images as they rise. so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy of others whose desires meet with fulfillment. They will be as varied as a crowd of people passing in the street. There will be a temptation to do so. the process of association is purely automatic. Calmly expect the slackening of the speed of association. Let them pass. but it brings up. This is what Vivekananda has to tell us on this subject: "How hard it is to control the mind. They have come to us. is not quite the right word. however. our case would be hopeless indeed. Some will be dirty. What you expect will happen. Begin. Simply by intending that the flow of the images past your mental observation-post shall be slower. you will find that it really does slacken in speed. and is not in any sense to be regarded as a self-conscious function.

the MAN behind the personaliq. so that you may the better understand the real purport of your practice for this lesson. and as best we can we shall try to let the light that has come down to us from those who have gone before illuminate them." It takes years. but long before perfection comes we may experience the benefits of introspection. must demonstrate that he is under the control of nothing. SAMEKH and NUN. Affirmations are not demonstrations. All of them are paths of projection. your mind or consciousness in all of its three planes -. the paths of OIN. laying before you the perfect beauty of His law of mastery. This that you see is but a simple-minded and foolish old man. -. the answer of hard work? Three paths lie before you now on the Way of Return. These things are of the love of God. so a man. to gain perfect mastery. It is the God in you. It is not Paul Case sounding the call to make yourself fit for service. Going about saying. must demonstrate that he is under the control of nothing. Will you answer that one with a whine about practical benefits. that each day it is becoming calmer. . Knowledge is power says the proverb. But you will find that each day the mind's vagaries are becoming less and less violent. the 25th and the 24t11." Assertion is not demonstration. until at last it will be under perfect control. continuous struggle for years can we succeed. This controlling of the mind. On the Tree of Life they are the 26th. Practice is the only thing that will enable you to demonstrate that while your whole personality -. controlling the whole of' this complex vehicle of your self-expression. that is. sets them to playing Indian in one "Order" after another. that great Seer. Jacob Boehrne: "It is not I who write these things. Only after a patient. many most hideous thoughts may come into it. It drives people who like to call themselves "occult students" from teacher to teacher. speaking to you from this page. announcing to you the miracle of His mastery of your life.your body. is Pratyahara. but we must patiently practice every day. and provides an endless supply of gulls for the exploiters of "easy methods. or are you ripe enough to give the only answer that is an honest one. later you will find that it is toned down to perhaps seven hundred. YOU. not to be done in a day. In the first few months you will find that the mind will have a thousand thoughts. the GOD behind the human mask.wait and watch. Give it the full length of the reins. and after a few more months it will have fewer and fewer. to prove that he is not a machine.has a touch of indecency about it. to prove that he is not a machine. indeed. and that is true.any thirst for results." It is not Paul Case telling you to practice. How is this practiced? It is a long work. are really a center of Free Will.is incontestably a machine. "I believe every human being has free-will" won't help you a bit to demonstrate that you aren't just a puppet on the strings of the currents of thought and emotion which impinge upon your brain-cells froim all points of the compass. The beginner at music has to play little pieces to parlor audiences before he makes his appearance on the concert stage. The Self behind it all. Until you know what the mind is doing you cannot control it. and as soon as thingis are before us we must perceive. your emotions." Can you give me a better reason for practicing concentration than the one advanced by Vivekananda?: "A man. and not allowing it to join itself to the centres. you will be astonished that it was possible for you to think such thoughts. Does he refuse to practice because he cannot be a Rubinstein the first year? This thirst for immediate results -. As soon as the steam is turned on the engine must run. We echo my friend and teacher (though I knew him not in the flesh).

That is what is behind Vivekananda's comparison of the mind to the antics of a monkey. only to find themselves in worse bondage than ever. and DIN. "I look forward with confidence to the perfect realization of the Eternal Splendor of the Limitless Light. and this whole picture is a mass of incongruous details. we are told. as we would laugh at a monkey. and what says the Scripture? "Resist the devil. impassive interest. the inspirer of fear. the Redeemer. and of nwa. I have written at length about THE DEVIL. and when men misunderstood the voices and the visions which come sometimes so sharp and definite that they seem like objective realities. Not by repression. Truly our Elder Brethren in the Secret Wisdom have blazed here a trail so plain that he who runs may read! And consider one by one the Tarot Keys corresponding to the letters of v-nnn. at the monsters that will appear before your astonished gaze. not by looking some other way. the numeration alike to vnf. is incongruity. Remember that all this is merely the automatism of an uncurbed mind. None of these is the prophylactic method. prepared to be amused. and this is that Terror which we have tried to mitigate a little for you by telling you beforehand of the horrors you will encounter when you begin the practice of introspection. We anticipate a time when our full surrender to that Law will change it from PACHAD. we expect a day when not only we ourselves shall be at one with the perfect Law of the cosmic life. take a position which is exactly the inversion of that held by the masses of humanity. and you cannot fail to be amused. who look forward with fear and terror to all sorts of evils which they imagine to be hid by the veil of the Future.reneweth all which is capable of renovation in the creation of the world.blessed be He! -. Isn't he laughable? The essence of mirth. Approach your introspection exercises. too. therefore. the tempter. Remember. not by shuddering aversion which imputes to the phantom a power he does not possess. and he will flee. And the devil is only a personification of the unrestrained activity of the subconscious power of the association. It is a personification developed in the animistic ages when there was no science of psychology. Just take a look at the picture of the DEVIL in the Tarot.The first is the path of the Dweller on the Threshold. Observe it with cool. So should we laugh at the devil. not frightened. We must learn to laugh at them. the symbol of the path which. All the demons that tempt us are nothing but the results of unrestrained associations rising from the subconsciousness. None of these is the way of the priests of old Egypt. of which it is written: "Thereby God -. and its numeration is 358. on the Way of Return has its beginning in HOD and leads upward to GEBURAH. First comes the HANGED MAN (a). and pretending that he is not there. It is as ridiculous as the theological idea that a God of love could permit the existence of a devil. The name of the path is the clue." we say. We all laugh at monkeys. This is not the outlook . the clear-eyed recognition of the undeviating Justice of the perfect law." And how shall we resist him? Not as so many have tried to do. It is the path of THE DEVIL in the Tarot. "Renewing" in Hebrew is spelt vnna. to GEBURAH the source of our strength. and so saying. and now let me add something to confirm what I said about the number of the path (26) and the number of the card (XV) showing that this is really a picture of the Life-Power. who washed their hearts with laughter. as mirth-provoking to anybody with a sense of humor as the notion of hell. that this is the path of the Renewing Intelligence. Because we look forward with such confidence." In Lesson 2 of this Section.

ear opened. concerning whom it is written. This is the second step of renewal. remember. Love. but the One Life." He is & too. and losing themselves in desert places. in the midst of action he does nothing. is what the alchemists called Venus. The next Key is the CHARIOT. The fourth KEY is the EMPRESS (7). the perfect Love which casts . in the midst of speech he is silent. and we hear the secret word which unites us to the ONE. both spiritual and material. The beginning of this way is in the mental attitude expressed by our fourth affirmation. to express itself. and when form is understood it is seen to be: our opportunity. the mind is the reins. and though thou fightest. the Self of man is sitting in this chariot. give a crown of life. and this body is the chariot." In the Tarot the King and the Charioteer are one. "working towards Yoga. and that one is the Warrior. must take on form." When the personality has become as the HANGED MAN. the intellect is the charioteer. seeing always that not his personality. "To him that overcometh I will the N. And the listening is the third stage of our renewal. Thus. for it is a voice that must be listened for. the speaker of all words. small voice. For the Sephirah of Understanding is the sphere of Saturn. which corresponds to Chesed. then is it transformed into the CHARIOT of the Divine Self. so do the obstacles which seem to hedge us about prevent us from leaving the field marked out for each of us to cultivate. or Copper. be not thou the warrior. When the personality has become the vehicle of the One Life. And until we silence the clamor of personality we cannot hear His voice. even as Elijah found it. Lord of Limitation. It is understanding olf the great truth that even as fences keep cattle from straying out of fields where they may feed. And the Understanding is knowledge of the limitations imposed upon all things and creatures in the Without by the working of the perfect Law. is the performer of all action. Then is the innel. but they set nothing before us but symbols. The third Key is the HIEROPHANT (I). It is the law that Life. the thinker of all thoughts." Vivekananda gives an almost perfect description of this Key in his commentary on the first sutra in the second chapter of Patanjali's book: "The organs are the horses. and the last Key of the Tarot shows us that Saturn. the Conqueror of Whom it is written: "Stand aside in the coming battle. the King. is in all things as one suspended from the Tree of Life." He who so walks does nothing of himself. is really the world-consciousness which gives meaning and definition to the dance of life. N Ch Sh. and unless the Interpreter within the Temple expounds the meaning of those symbols we learn nothing from what we read or hear. a still. and that Love. of the Apocalypse. and he in whom it has become vital and compelling lives as Boehme advises us to live: "In all things walk thou contrary to the world. So from Understanding springs the path of LOVE. and in the midst of'the thinking of which his brain is the vehicle he remains unmoved.of the world. and this Key represents the perfection of what the Hindus call Kriva Yoga. sprung from Understanding. then the VOICE of that Life speaks in the silence which follows the hurly-burly of' our identification with personality. When we say "From the exhaustless riches of its limitless substance I draw all things needful." we are turning to the only source of instruction open to any man. The master of the household. for the path of the HIEROPHANT leads up from Chesed to Chokrnah. the metal whose name in Hebrew is also the name of the serpent of temptation. Such is the beginning of the renewal of the mind. And this is the Key of the path which leads us back from Understanding to Wisdom. The illusion of separateness makes us look to books and teachers for light. and all that makes up the personality becon~es a vehicle for the ONE. and the revelation of the mysteries begins.

the Messiah. the one outlined early in this lesson. the terrible Dweller on the Threshold.a prop. and its color shows us that it is essentially the same as the path which leads upward from Tiphareth to Kether. remember. even as the AIR which is assigned to Kether as its sphere of action and the Mercury which is assigned to Hod are also one. For this is the path of Samekh. The fifth and last Key is JUDGMENT (m). is the fourth stage of our renewal. This correspondence escapes those who cannot correlate symbols. and to stop this dancing monkey there is just one way. and this is the Key of that transmuting Fire which is identical with the Life-Breath assigned to the path of Aleph. and the regenerating fire of the Path of Shin is the Life-Breath of the path of Aleph. Ruach Elohim. The 25th path corresponds to the Key of TEMPERANCE. And so this path leads upward from YESOD to Tiphareth. the Life-Breath of the gods (who so long imagine themselves to be but mortal men). But consider." The Child and the Fool are One. the path of trial. Why is Sagittarius. and we see that the grinning monster of the 26th Path. It is the path of testing. "a prince of another world. this bubbling witches' caldron of subconscious cerebration that we must learn to laugh at. Eliphas Levi. which will enable us to find the way to union with the Self. and its essential meaning is shown in the significance of that letter's name -. sworn to conceal the mystery of the Tarot. For the FOOL and JUDGMENT are two aspects on one thing. like all feminine deities is but one phase of the great . and 300=RVCh ALHIM. assigned to a path that shows its essential nature is that of the Moon? We hear this question often. So.out fear. the unfailing Love whose sphere on the Tree of Life is VICTORY. the goddess of the rainbow. The tests that come to us in the path are such as we may not meet unless we are truly resting our lives upon the firm foundation of Eternal Being. For Sh=300. All this Qabalah and all this symbolism in the Tarot give the necessary materials for subconscious association to work upon. Yet Iris. becoming one with that fire. as I have used them in these last few pages. and when misunderstanding ceases the Devil ceases too. is really the power that shall finally set us free. even as Waite says. ruled by Jupiter. In JUDGMENT we see the regenerated soul ascending as a little child. For the Devil is God misunderstood. But you will not be able to use these materials. and that same RVCh is the keen. and the Fool is the Christ as well. and this is why our Brother. For it is the very same power of association that gets us into trouble now. and thus both correspond to the Moon. the anointed one. and ceasing forevermore to scare the Child with his gargoyle visage. this grinning ape that we watch. until you have had some practice in the stilling of the mind. wherein one fails who has not done the work of the 25th path." And in the Fire of the letter Shin the DEVIL is cast. sharp air of superconsciousness which takes us up the path of Aleph back to the Crown. That is why I have given you a whole year's work at learning the wonderful language in which the sages have set down the directions for the wayfarer on the path of Return. a support. and the sphere into which he ascends is that of which we say "I look forward to the perfect realization of the Eternal Splendor of the Limitless Light. For both paths are blue. Yet the pat of Aleph and the path of Shin are really one. did nevertheless reveal it by attributing the FOOL to the path of Shin. is only the purifying fire of the Great Divine Life-Breath. For the Child is the Christ. For until you can stop activity you cannot master it. One aspect of the sign Sagittarius we have learned to identify with Iris.

then. which is that of the Tarot Key corresponding to the 26th path. and this 15th path is that of the letter Heh. I repeat. use free from personal limitations. where is thy sting?" For when we have restored the Creator to his throne. so that this path. Its result is the banishing also of the delusion that we are mortals. for those are tests of our skill in tempering and modifling the power by which man seemingly multiplies the power of the Astral Light in reproduction. All these cross-correspondences point to different aspects of one thing. He who has entered even for a moment into superconsciousness. is the power which is expressed in those primal instincts of subconsciousness. pure inner meaning flashes on your mind. That attainment is the result of introspection. So long as our lives do not rest upon the foundation of Eternal Being. More than this. This number 120 is said in the Bible to be the number of the years of man. Both Iris and Diana. not mortals condemned to . which casts out the devil. 120 is the number which represents the extension of 15. superconsciousness. Death. so long as we have not passed the Dweller on the Threshold. It is not perfected until we have passed the tests of the 25th path. and with the banishing of this delusion comes right understanding of the mystery of death. He who sees this has attained to the full measure of a man. corresponds in a way to the same ideas. which implies the perfect synthesis of all sensory activities in the sixth sense. and the bow which speeds the arrow of concentrated Astral Light is actually the driving-power of the subconsciousness. no intimation that the way of life is the way of lust. when the VISION that leads upward from the contemplation of the Beauty of the Divine Orcler to grasp of the Wisdom behind that Order (the Path of Heh leading up from Tiphareth to Chokmah) has been granted to us. since. for every test is a test of USE. Let us boil it down. are goddesses of the BOW. free from all the chains that bind us down to earth. we cannot meet the tests of the 25th path. The last of the three paths that lead to Tiphareth is the path of Death. and that thing is the attainment of superconsciousness. the extension of the number XV. Finally. we cannot meet these tests so long as we are deluded by separateness. "0. that driving power comes from the very roots of physical existence. then we know ourselves for what we really are.Mother-principle. too. as we have just seen. the path of VISION. the instinct of self-reproduction. Nor must we forget that one aspect of the Moon-goddess is Diana. but the SELF is the User. a symbolic way of saying that 120 signifies the full perfection of human life. "I die daily. Read. who is the symbol of that Creator concerning whom it is written in the Sepher Yetzirah that he who understands the mystery of the Ten Sepkdroth restores Him to His throne. the path of the letter Nun. and right use is impossible unless we know beforehand that not the personality. so is what we call "death" the very framework of the continual mutations of existencle." and with him exults. Again. Observe that the name of that path is ?Jiar= 120 = 3ir0. until the clean. it is also the secret number of the 15th path on the Tree of Life. sees that as the skeleton is the basis of all the movements of the body. too. and then read again. All this probably seems very involved. This teaching is a sword. These are two-edged words that we write. Beware lest you grasp it by the blade instead of the handle. And 120 is also the product of the multiplication of the numbers from 1 to 5 (lx2x3x4x5). free from the lie of possessiveness. the huntress. that is. symbolized by the Moon. he who has synthesized sensation into that Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute. that nowhere in the universe is there any Adversary or any Genius of Limitation that can bring harm from right use. so that here is a Qabalistic hint that the path of Samekh and the path of Nun are essentially the same. Here is no proclamation of sottish license. so long as we have not cast the delusion of the Devil into the liberating Fire. the instinct of self-perpetuation and its fruit. With Paul he says. is also 120. and know. the path of the Emperor. the Moon.. whose silver bow is the crescent-moon.

gives us the means of union with each of the Three Supemals. I make no doubt that a great deal in this lesson will seem vague and mystical to you when first you read it. which we commend you to ponder upon. Here is the solution of a difficulty which has puzzled more than one student of the Tree of Life. who use this term to describe the experience of union with the Solar Logos. The name of the Grade.hey - waw . "Existence-Knowledge-Bliss. And because that Son is indeed "one with the Father. is a clear statement of the Great Secret of the Way of the Return. The pronunciation and the tonal sequence are: Yod . and ceases to inspire fear. Here if you can grasp what lies behind the words. called BN. as said. is Adeptus Minor." that is. with the help of the Tarot.Dah . (ALVH) and Insight (VDOTh). Death then becomes familiar. to experience His consciousness of the Beauty of the Cosmos. or Lesser Adept. The goal of these three paths is one. and from Tiphareth alone may we cross the Abyss that separates the Supemals from Chesed. and one to Kether. but immortals existing for a little while in this world of name and form. of the Hindu Yogis.death at some unknown date in the future. For from Tiphareth three paths lead upward -. one to Chokrnah. Ben. but there is nothing that can be changed. The Divine Name is nun m ' ? ~ and may be translated. the Son. "Everlasting Existence (IHVH). because it is seen to be the process whereby the One Life provides itself with a never-ending series of vestments of Name and Form. The key to its whole significance is the word nimn.one to Binah.he A - yl - oh - ah Vah . For in the mystical inner Grade to which this Sephirah corresponds. we come to know our unity with the Solar Logos. although it bears only Adeptus Minor.Ath Note the close correspondence of this Hebrew name to the Sat-Chit-Ananda. and which has led at least one earnest seeker for light far from the Ancient Way marked out by the Builders who have passed on before us. the Sephirah Tiphareth. "which is the Qabalistic name of the Sephirah of Wisdom.r7.rl. or Lesser Adept. Power . and existing by means of a never-ending death. for its title. . entrance into this Grade of the Inner School. "One with AB.

but remember that each of these is a path of projection upward to Tiphareth. .The paths corresponding to this lesson are: f"\ The SUN Use the same general method in your daily exercises.

There is no substitution for the agony of hard work. It is not just a throb in a speaker's voice that brings tears to your eyes. the very kind of work that you have been trying to do. of having power to renew their bodies moment by moment. the Workers. deluded notion of the meaning of personality. and through. Every Master of the Wisdom has passed along this very road. they turned not back. by actual experiment. does not know what love means. to the glorious end of being fit for service. Began it. deluded by the sense of separateness. know how many weary years and lives must be spent in fmitless questing by the soft sentimentalist who refuses to go through the gate of pain. we grant you. and continued it to the end. brings a smile of pity to the lips of Those Who Know. Love has its roots in feeling.is too intellectual. For they. But no love in this work? What is love? Is it a tickling sensation somewhere around your fifth rib? Is it an emotional compensation for what you have missed because you have been too selfish to dare to live? No. just how rugged is the Way of Return? It has come to us that some think our Work has too little love in it -. of being conscious of immortality. filled with petty jealousies and place-seekings. We hope there's no mawkish sentimentality on any page that we write. false. in one of their incarnations. and drops of blood are falling from the Moon upon the path. Why does a mother love here child so dearly. thirsting for the joys of this world and an extra-special crown in the world to come. You cannot feel your way into the Kingdom of God. Theirs is no easy way." Notice the correspondence between this saying and the XVIIIth . and when they had set their hands to the plough. We all regard the Masters with what we call reverence. but few of us realize that their own declaration that they are adepts of the Patanjali school means nothing else but that they began. nor a rhythm and cadence in his words that makes your heart beat faster for a moment. if it is not for the agony he must pass through in bringing it to completion? Why does a mighty stream of love flow without cessation from the Heart of Life to us? Why else but that the One Life suffers with. in order to arouse you to a realization of the wonder of their love. Not one but has endured the torments of mind and body that attend the early stages of the path of concentration. the XVIIIth KEY. love is the gift of one's all to the service of life. and because of us? He who refuses to drink from the cup of pain is unfit for love. And action demands skill and training. if not for the pains it cost her? Why does the artist love his work. from having put your own feet upon the stones of the Path. to a point where you know. But a day came when they heard the call. In the old versions of the Tarot we see it represented in the picture of THE MOON. Even so Light on the Path tells us: "Before the soul can stand in the presence of the Masters its feet must be washed in the blood of the heart. for if any has crept in unawares we have failed in the work that has been entrusted to us. so that they might through centuries hold up the light for wayfarers toiling up the Narrow Way.Contemplations of the Adepti Are you beginning to see the real purpose of these ten lessons? Has a glimmer of their real meaning entered your mind? Do you realize that their object is not so much to develop any "powers" which you may have as to bring you. but it is a barren fig-tree unless it bring forth the fruit of action. Not one of those who have attained the heights of liberation but has first passed through the valley of the shadow of the death of the old. Once they were as we are. So we have given you a touch of Their suffering during this last month.

thy Lord and King. Thus shalt thou learn the secret of the restoration of the King unto his throne. It is only another proof that the wise have one language. the zodiacal sign that governs the feet.. Well. in order to be ready to do his part in the great enterprise.Key. in order to be fit to serve the World. Remember. For when the surface of those waters is disturbed by no slightest ripple of thought. and it not seldom happens that the signature is more prominent than the work itself. which is thy true Self. be mirrored unto thee. then shalt thou find thyself again. Sometimes the burden of that knowledge is not easy to bear. like travelers scrawling their names on the walls of a temple. and of which he wrote: "The path of Tao is backward. The characteristic of TAO is gentleness. in spite of false reports. tests of our patience. too. remember that every one of those whom you t'hink of as being Masters of the Wisdom has suffered the same pains." Now. of those first steps upon the Way. which represents Pisces. too. 11. we know that many who begin our Work will not persevere in it until the completion. For if everything comes from existence. "Resigning Work. the name of this three-sentence chapter in the Tao-Teh-King is. And in this path of Stability shall my knowledge of the Roots of Being be united to the glorious Splendor of the Perfect Knowledge which is established in the mirror of the clear waters of HOD. that the Path of Return is what Lao-Tze called TAO. Look closely at the word "resign. And having lost thyself." . and learn how to let our work become so perfect an expression of the One Artist that it will sign itself. Everything in the universe comes from existence. and existence from non-existence. 12." We have all of us been signing our names to our work. "Absorb thyself in this Great Sea of the Waters of Life. and shalt be one with me." You will get a new thought if you think of it as meaning "to sign again." and it may seem strange that we should quote it to you just after saying so much about action. Dive deep in it until thou hast lost thyself. We have to rub out this flamboyant personal signature. Tlhese are tests for us. in spite of small harvesting from so much scattering of seed. of o w ability to keep on with the work in spite of misunderstanding. if the path of concentration has cut your feet. then shal'l the glory of my Self. But to resign work is not to attempt to stop working. This is what is meant by The Book of Tokens (Meditation on Mem. and existence from non-existence. So. of our forbearance. and if we would be in harmony with the rhythms of the cosmos it's about time we began to stop scribbling our names on the masterpieces of Life. the true Source of all action is the Unmanifested Limitless Light. 10 to 12): 10. even.

until they awaken from their dream of separateness.This is the secret of the path of the letter MEM. . long look upward toward the Source of Life. "I look forward with confidence to the perfect realization of the Eternal Splendor of the Limitless Light. It is the path of the total loss of the illusive personal self." drowns the still. Most of us are sure of that. It is the path of THE HANGED MAN. and then you will see that all this talk of "sacrifice" is only meaningless noises. all the habits of a billion life-time pull against us when we t y to stop this judging of our neighbors. concerning which I wrote in the preceding lesson. This is what is expressed in the affirmation. Yet this was the mind which was in the Master Jesus. because His is the life-power that they depend upon for everything. were the full realization of this path of the letter Mem at work through us. and making acceptance of that lie the test of salvation." is the admonition of them all. and one of the main reasons why we find it so hard to give up this illusion of free-will. How men dread to take it! How reluctantly they set foot upon it! For they fear to lose what is really nothing. but you hang onto that nonentity as if it were a pearl of great price. Do we say "you?" Let us include ourselves in the indictment. Follow me. One day the truth will flash like lightening before your eyes. as it has been in every other Master of the Wisdom. is that we see that we shall then have no more shadow of excuse for holding another responsible for the seeming evil that is done through him. I do nothing of myself. so they dodge the issue by saying that belief is the one thing needful. and even hush them forever. The reason Fundamentalists are so set upon their dogmas is that they feel the utter impossibility of conforming to this world and at the same time trying to live the teachings of Him to whom they cry. standing patiently waiting at the door." All the world's law. They are not ready for the Kingdom of Light. concealing the humanity of Jesus behind the lie of his special divinity. Literally and explicitly. you are called upon to give up nothing. The Father working in me doeth the works. r That is why the church has to confuse the issues. For we. and knocking gently for admittance. and go on judging their fellows and condemning to eternal torment all who do not conform to the standards of their creeds. The path of the letter Mem leads upward from HOD to GEBURAH. But we are a little in doubt about the justice of our neighbor. We ourselves are just. small voice. "Do not presume to fix the measure of another's responsibility. A delusion like that in the Eastern story makes them think of themselves as being rich in possessions when in truth all that is in the treasure-chest is a handful of dead leaves. Who is the King that has to be restored to His throne? He is the true Self. which is the fxst that you are to traverse mentally in the exercises connected with this lesson." The fundamentalists and formalists of every age know instinctively that he who practices the teachings of the Masters must walk contrary to the world. and their time for entrance into the Inner School has not arrived. It begins in expectation. "Judge not. in an eager. and this implies. and the Stranger-King must wait outside. shouting madly. When our hearts begin to whisper it we shall enter gladly the path of surrender. should be able to stand silent before you. "the voice of the people is the voice of God. this sense of separate personality. But the clamor of a multitude of anarchistic cells. in aspiration. He could command their silence. But He stands and waits until they remember. all the world's customs. It is the path of re-signing the work that is done through your personality. and transform your lives with a single glance. We enter it with trepidation now because we still have more or less fear of the undeviating Justice which is at the upper end of this path." Our lips say it now. "Lord! Lord!" For He summed up His whole message in this: "Do the will of the Father.

For this is more than the death o'f the . but one develops into the other. So. Just as you find the great prophets saying. just as soon as we summon courage to brave its terrors. Instinct develops into reason. and he becomes a reader of the hearts of men. came with the message that personality originates nothing. and makes him see the exquisite adjustment everywhere that we express in our fifth affirmation. and R. He perceives both the seeds and the fruit of all that is done through him. There are not three minds in one man.a lie invented to give mankind an excuse for thinking ill of the neighbors. Notice that nobody can go this way who has not passed the trials of the path of DEATH. we may be able to circumvent the laws of the cosmos -. As Vivekananda writes: "Whenever we hear a man say 'I am inspired. and all the others of whom we have heard so much in recent years. The lie is that we have a free-will by means of which. that men. Samadhi is a hard path to follow. "I come not to destroy but to fulfill. Such a man. the path of perfect concentration. The Masters have lived to show us what we are able to do.. reason." so this inspiration always conlles to fulfill reason. conscious and superconscious states -. somehow. (and this is the most important message that He left us). who knows himself as a channel for the operation of the unfailing law of the cosmos. that the Primal Will of'the Source of Life is the only real Will. He not only feels the One Law working through him. sirnply reject it. and whenever it contradicts reason you imust know that it is not inspiration.instinct. but it does away with all this delusion. Theologians tell us we shall go to hell if we don't believe that Jesus was the only Son of God. M. as we are all sons and daughters of the One Divine Life.. and is in direct ham~onywith reason. It is a trance. long continued. and shows its meaning by pointing out what is the true nature of the principle of Will at work in man. and condemning the other fellow to perdition. For it is the path of what the Hindus term Samadhi. The path of the Hanged Man is not for beginners on the Way of Retum.belong to one and the same mind. This we cannot do until we have become at least Lesser Adepts. For Samadhi is not just going into a trance. The world's leading thinkers accept it. but also knows just how it is at work in every specific instance. that Jesus set an example we can follow. Now. because the real inspiration will never contradict. rl~ject them without fear. to be sure. whenever you meet with wild statements which contradict human reason and conmon sense. or the unconscious. and about the truth that the only reasonable interpretation of the discoveri~es modem science is this doctrine of determinism. that He was a Son of God. can become wide-open channels of that Will once they get themselves out of the way. which brings a man into conscious union with the essence of the Law of Life. but will fulfill. but Samadhi is known by its results. H.Jesus. faithful in the lighter tasks of the Inner School. now becomes a Greater Adept. like the Masters K. and reason into the transcendental consciousness. The way they took is open to us. therefore one never contradicts the other. He ceases to regard his actions in any personal light. and superconsciousness. Why? Because these three states of the mind -.' and then talk the most irrational nonsense. We tell you that you'll pass through hell over and over again until you realize that the theologians are mistaken. just because the superconscious state does not contradict reason is why we say so much about of training the intellect. Superconsciousness completes it. having been a Lesser Adept.

for like another . when we seek the meaning of this picture as a symbol of one state of the Way of Return. It is the extinction of the candle-light in the blaze of noon-day. one by one. That is why we call anybody who holds the teaching office a "Prolocutor. "Before Abraham was. but it is another man who comes out of Samadhi from him who went in. the meaning of the letter-name is one clue. for thenceforth he participates consciously in the administration of cosmic laws. The terrors are past." He is an open channel for the One Life. the nature of the paths changes. The Greater Adepts prefect themselves by becoming Teachers. with the ascending scale of perfections represented by the remaining paths and Keys. by becoming mouth-pieces of the one Teacher." One must recognize the truth that he is the incarnate Law. It is not enough to be consciously immortal. or rather. made no claim at all. as the pictures in the Tarot show. although it still surrounds him. Having given up all delusions of personality he has done as Lao-Tze advised: "Having emptied yourself. But I have good reasons for my belief. I am. right here. It is the Greater Adept who seems to perform miracles. Some years ago I met a man whom I believe to be one of the Greater Adepts." Now. remain where you are. Somebody. Be careful lest you be taken as an instructor in what to avoid! Try to be like the Masters by watching yourself moment by moment. without neglecting the niceties of appearance. the path of Lamed. but he does them all by getting himself wholly out of the way. so far as you see the beauty of that life now. and this is what the Tarot means by the picture of JUSTICE. but one must also be able to instruct." And that one is a Major Adept.that great barrier to love -. It is not enough to be conscious of participation in the government of all things. We have just said that the Elder Brothers who have reached the grade of Greater Adepts are those who participate consciously in the administration of cosmic laws. The last illusion of "me and mine" -. It does not last for long. "one of those who know and cannot tell. long before we actually become eligible in the inner grade of Greater Adept. and thereafter the initiate identifies himself. without compensating for an inferiority complex by doing or saying anything in order to seem unusual. somewhere. It is the extinction of the illusion (while Samadhi lasts) that there are TWO in the sphere of being." which means "One who speaks for. He has become what Will Comfort calls. and in fact. to the end that you may be a faithful likeness of the One Life. even though we may not be aware of it. "Thy sins be forgiven thee. we may prepare ourselves by remembering that each of us stands as an image of the One Teacher. One must know. we can only faintly image the meaning of this. for until the lesser delusions of faulty logic are overcome a man is not ready for the last great surrender. and because he takes great care not to yield to the illusion of separateness. so that one may say. Even the Greater Adepts must traverse this path before they can advance to the next Grade. Yet we should try the best we can to see what the adept sees fully on the 22nd path." he voices the knowledge of the One Life that that man's failures to hit the mark shall no more count against him. From this point on. As always. in the sphere of Mercury. To do this is to teach.physical body. In this our first preliminary survey of that Way of Return. when such a man says. takes us for an instructor now. the vanishing of the stars before the sun. and one of the things it will help to teach a great many people is that one may be an occultist without being a freak. He made no claim to that effect. not to believe in it. And the way to his Grade begins in intellect.is dissolved in the path of the HANGED MAN.

"Adopt the customs of the country. "'Have I not free will'? saith the fool. perfect freedom from the least tinge of the error that comes from belief in separateness. with not enough love in it. ." And I believe the number of :such men is far greater than we have been led to suppose. his voice was beautiful. and the lesson he taught r e -a lesson I shall never forget -. They conceal themselves in order to teach the better. Thank life for having brought us through that phase! You'll get clearer instruction through us because of those early ignorances. and in thy busiest hours shalt find the Eternal Worker doing all things well in thee." Exempt from wlnat? From the delusion of personal participation in anything.Teacher. I guide thee all the way. too. intellectual teaching. The Book of Tokens has some words about this 22nd path which may help you in your meditations. as we have said it. the whole system of the Qabalah is dedicated. which guideth thee through the long circuit of existence. And the name of this Grade is "Exempt Adept. It says: "Before this have I declared myself to be the Teacher of teachers. "My Will is free indeed. over and over again. and now I say to thee. we don't wonder. should think of this as a cold. No work is anywhere performed whereof I am not the doer. To Beauty. Mercy or Majesty. to the Grade corresponding to Chesed or Gedulah. Rest thou in me. For this mart's dress was beautiful. His clothes conformed to the ancient Rosicrucian rule. You would not turn to look at him on l?ifih Avenue. They are deluded who think otherwise." When this perfect rest in the Will of the One Life is a vivid daily experience. the Greater Adept is ready to progress to a still higher stage of the Path. "I am the root of all action. And they may be known by this: they are faithful to the ideal of Beauty in all things. his choice of words was beautiful. we know. "No man accomplisheth anything of himself. but the wise knoweth that in all the chains of worlds there is no creature that hath any will apart from my One Will. moreover. Then in the midst of action shalt thou be at peace. or in any action. "Let thy meditation bring thee to rest in that Will. "By action are all things determined. until thou returnest to myself. "Lo. He could sit unnoticed in the lobby of any New York hotel. this man told me all the things that ever I did.was a lesson of beauty.tion of my self-manifestation. That is why it seems so strimge to us that any who have heard us say this. 0 Israel. and every action proceedeth from my grasp of every condi. and he who knoweth it as the wellspring of his willing remaineth free from error. We wonder what some people mean by love? No. that my instruction is like unto a goad. his outlook on life was a perpetual recognition of the beauty that is in everything. He who has reached this Grade is more than an open channel for the Law which cannot be broken.

the other is of kindlier mien. to the plane of the cosmic self-impartation. for every point in a circle is equidistant from the center. 'the senses and organs move by natural impulse to their appropriate objects. Whether this surmise of ours be founded in fact or not. unmoved in the midst of the flux of cosmic activity. is. too. there is truly a higher majesty in Mercy than in Justice. The path begins in love (Venus). all the actions of the finer bodies. and the other in the Grade of Exempt Adept. and by constant dwelling upon the thought that all the actions of the body. show the characteristic differences in the inner quality of the two Grades. But Mercy gives without sting. upward from the emotional plane of the desire nature. all states of feeling and emotion. to my mind. Compassion. This. this sense of "my-ness" is overcome by constant meditation upon the One Self as being. you will recall. the sphere of Venus. strange as it may seem. for he is as that one of whom we read in the Bhagavad-Gita: "He who knows the divine truth thinketh 'I am doing nothing' if seeing. The name of the 21st Path. because of this highest aspect of love. like the Sphinx." and Qabalists say it is the Rewarding Intelligence of those who seek. One is of rather stern appearance. breathing. And Mercy. is why it is pictured in the Tarot as a Wheel. since it calls Sephirah Chesed the Path of Measuring Intelligence. and ends in compassion (Chesed).more than a Teacher of that law. for stability in the midst of movement. that the path to the Grade of Exempt Adept is one which leads upward from Netzach to Chesed. which is the first leading to this Grade. Some readers of these pages may have seen pictures of two of the Masters whose names are connected with the revival of the Eastern Wisdom here in the West. even when speaking. On this account the 21st Path is also called Intelligence of Conciliation. and as opposition is suggested by the two extremes of a line. letting go or taking. and so long as there is the idea of balance there is the shadow of separateness. We have never been given any direct assurance on the matter. The Exempt Adept is in the state represented by the Sphinx at the top of the Wheel of Fortune. For not only their faces. So the Exempt Adept remains unmoved. Mr. Waite tells us in his Pictorial Kev to the Tarot that the Sphinx stands for the equilibrium in the perpetual motion of a fluidic universe. are really part of the outflow of the . a more majestic figure than his fellow. because they symbolize an endless line. are emblems of non-separateness."' This is the meaning of the Grade of Exempt Adept. and in it all opposites are reconciled. He is a channel of the exhaustless Mercy of the Life-Power. but the letters from them which are now available. In the 21 st Path. he saith. so the circle. "Intelligence of Desire. is more impersonal than Justice. at first. And the kindly Master is. opening or closing his eyes. and even his outward appearance shows that in Mercy there is a higher majesty even than in Justice. for he who has really attained to this Grade has lost all sense of "my-ness" in the performance of action. and in that union all sense of separateness is lost. It is because of this unifLing quality of sympathy in all expressions of Mercy. so that there is nowhere the slightest irregularity. but we believe the one is in the Grade of Greater Adept. and the wheel. It is by the sublimation of the desire-nature that we attain to union with the Divine Beneficence. which leads upward from Netzach to Chesed. Justice keeps a balance. even though the Qabalah hints that this beneficence is in accordance with measured rhythms. This attainment is the Great Reward. all the actions of the nervous currents.

plural of 7na. FOHAT. which is indicated by the fact that Geburah is the sphere of Mars. n3oii>. might. Note that the final reduction." Its tonality and pronunciation are: Ay . which is the clue to the significance of all other tenns corresponding to 18. In the comparison of these words. a treasure-house.boo . or least number of 297 is 9. "the gods of power" are Qabalistically shown to be gods of the power of life.or The Divine Name of the Grade of Exempt Adept is A L. and in no sense limited to personality. literally "The gods of power. the number of the key-word ?n. you will sooner or later discover one secret of the wctrk of . a fortified house. the neck. and in the attempt to find the m. life.the Throne. number of the letter Teth. symbol of the serpent-force.oo . Something of this consciousness you may begin to experience. which has for its first reduction 18. thread of meaning which connects them. The Divine Name which is the pass-word of the Grade of Greater Adept is allied in root-meaning to the name of the Sephirah to which this Grade corresponds.eem Gi . is LY77N?3." The tonal values and pronunciation are: Ay - yil - oh he . iirirc. Apply these keys to the words ~ ' C I Y K . the creative world.y i l The first of these names is the number 297. the place where Solomon got gold. a place for storing gold Ophir. that of Strength. JiaiK. ircir. They represent the force-aspect of life. treasure. and the their name. because it is A L H I M G B V R. a citadel. when they are considered as being especially active in Geburah. Thus i l l x o?. G B V R H. and silver. a name of Briah.i?rc. power. and one way to this is to identify yourself with the inexhaustible current of Love which flows from the Heart of Life to all the world.Cosmic Life. "the strong one. strength. even now.

He who perfectly practices the one receives the fruits of both." For him "doing nothing" is synonymous with free and unhampered expression of that power. The Exempt Adept lives this from day to day. "Having emptied yourself." And then what happens? Let the same Master of the Wisdom tell us." . whereas the way of wisdom is the expression of THAT which is eternally within. of course. Therefore the wise man knows without traveling. A man might. and the place which is gained by the renouncer of action is also attained by him who is devoted in action." The Exempt Adept knows that all his actions are the expressions of that One Reality which is No-Thing. The reason. by negatives only. and as it is written in the Bhagavad-Gita. The Divine Name '?N is especially important because the reversal of its letters is N?.a secret which cannot be communicated except by some such obscure terminology as this. the Exempt Adept has come to the point where his whole life is a satisfactory answer to every problem. He knows how to act without attachment.transmutation -. Remember. for 7 ' ~ It all comes back to Lao-Tze's teaching. and AIK. HVK. And his declaration is even subtler than it seems to be. LA. which means NOT. But this distress is daily diminished by the getting of TAO. undertake the government of the world. That path you will traverse in the next lesson. to every question that troubles the minds of those who are yet in the grip of the delusion of separateness. K'? "not" is the Qabalistic equivalent of 1 1 1 to go. In the chapter of the Tao-Teh-King entitled "Locking Abroad" he says: "A man may know the world without leaving his own home." he declares. without the least distress. and accomplishes everything without action. For all going is ~ but the turning of the Wheel of the self-manifestation of "that which is NOT. He says: "Bodily and mental distress is increased every day in the effort to get knowledge. remain where you are. The further afield he goes the less likely is he to find it." In the next chapter. NOT that. for something outside." Furthermore. Do you continually curtail your effort till there be nothing of it left? By non-action there is nothing which cannot be effected. names things without seeing them. which is "described as NOT this. how to keep himself perpetually adjusted to the rhythms of the cosmic self-expression. But those who distress themselves about governing the world are not fit for it. and because for all men the natural symbol of such expression is the Path of Return. "The Distress of klowledge. and so on." he makes clear the folly of the supposition that there is any need for petting knowledge. And this the Qabalists hint for us when they point to the means "How?" numerical identity between AL. ?n and its essence is to be sought in the path which corresponds to the letter Teth. is that getting is a quest for something not possessed. it is a secret of life. "Children only and not the wise speak of renunciation of action and of right performance of action as being different. For he does not for a moment stop action. Through his windows he can see the supreme TAO. since he is wise. "I am doing nothing.

A similar result will be effected by your work with tones. By Gematria. and in traversing it. a spring. The name of this 20th Path merits considerable attention.) Consider. a channel. In all these projections consciousness should be identified as much as possible with the color employed. the impulse is directed upward from Tiphareth to Chesed. for the time being. after having stationed ourselves. then three will be a feeling of flowing movement. It is "Intelligence of Will. the vibrations of etheric and higher planes which correspond to these imagined physical colors. and then projects the yellow-green ray diagonally upward into the blue sphere of Chesed.Evolution of Homo Spiritualis The first of the two paths which you will traverse in the exercises connected with this lesson is the 20th. remember. is one of the reasons why Chesed. You will remember that in our exercises this is a path through which we draw up the influence fiom below." For the substance aspect of the Life-Power is always symbolized as water. 7 corresponds to TIX. What you are doing. although the Jupiter vibration itself is violet. and told her that within herself she might find a well of living-water. All of these words. That living water is the Water which is attributed to Chesed. (This. the refinement of the senses. Do not fall into the error of supposing that nothing happens just because you are "only imagining. and it is to be conscious also that this power which flows out into manifestation through personality is like water. It is to this that the fourth of ow affirmations refers: "From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance. is to set in motion. a well. taking you upward through a yellow-green stream or current. so to say. On the Way of Return this takes us upward from the subconsciousness of YESOD. too. which is . The first is Resh. leading from YESOD upward to HOD. too. the sphere of Jupiter. sees himself surrounded by a sphere of yellow light." When your consciousness takes a particular color-vibration as the result of this practice. is colored blue. It has many connotations in the Hebrew language. living blue. favour. in a superior position. It is the path of the letter YOD. satisfaction. and one of the results of this work should be to make you more keenly alive to subtle distinctions of shade and tint in the world around you. imply some degree of the A & ! which is inseparable from the consciousness of union with the Primal Will. and to 113n. The specific result aimed at is the extension of sensation beyond the limits of the physical. and finally you will find yourself in a sphere of intense. First you will feel yourself surrounded with yellow light. Precisely this was what Jesus had in mind when he talked with the woman of Samaria. For to 1 n be in the state of consciousness named "Intelligence of Will" is to be conscious also that personality is but a channel for the outflowing of that Will into the externalizations of the world of Name and Form. even your physical body is slightly modified. All this means that the beginning of our consciousness of Will comes fiom taking a definite intellectual point-of-view. from the automatic cell-consciousness which is the sphere of the Moon. One places himself in Tiphareth. corresponding to the XIXth Key of the Tarot. to the intellectual consciousness which is the sphere of Mercury." and the Hebrew word translated "Will" is lin (=346). the letters of lin. and to the 30th path. you see. pleasure. among them being: delight. acceptance.a water-pipe.

the more beautiful will be the results of all our action. the first letter of Occult. is the sphere of the activity of the Venus vibration. ruled by Mars. and seeks ever to express itself in the artistic arrangement of the conditions of life. that we can adapt the laws of the Life-Power to produce conditions not spontaneously provided by nature. It is because we are creatures of imagination that we can reduce the world to chaos and transform its face. as you know. on the Tree of Life. And that is why Beauty is associated with the Mars-vibration. This. Something of this is hinted at. A half-knowledge ol'this truth is a very dangerous thing. the morje we recognize ourselves to be channels for Its externalization of its powers. is the letter of the path of Trial. As children of that Artist. . The fact that all these ideas are connected with the second letter of the Hebrew word for Will means this: Our consciousness of that Will begins with the grateful recognition that we are children of the Spiritual Sun. of necessity. and this projection raises us in consciousness to the Grade of Philosophus (Netzach). healthful use of the transforming power of imagination. and much more. the vibration of Force and Activity. The whole philosophy of the inner school is rooted and grounded in love. This. Who expresses Himself in ravishing loveliness of line and mass and color in everything that our eyes behold. is suggested by I. O. Qabalistic doctrine has nothing in common with this. and has to do with Meditation. bring us to the realization that we are children of the Great Artist Who lavishes beauty upon the whole creation. leading upward from YESOD to NETZACH. and in consciousness.symbolized in the Tarot by the picture of the little boy riding the white horse. It does not confound weak prettiness with beauty. concerning which I have written at length in an earlier lesson of this series. Through its activities the latent powers of the automatic consciousness. because we can imagine. and which may be summarized in the statement: "1 am a child of the Sun of Life. having for its object beautiful expression. as an intellectual point-of-view. reached by careful inductive reasoning from the facts presented to us in the pages of the Book of Nature. an endless experimentation." the name of the particular mode of consciousness associated with Netzach." The more we identify ourselves with the Cosmic Purpose. The ugliness of this man-made world is all spawned from the sense of separateness. vital. is a path of projection. The work of the artist is a continual testing. eventually. in the title "Occult Intelligence. the second letter. The Great Secret is that living is an art. for Nun corresponds to Scorpio. and so make patterns. Who paints the East and West as no earthly colorist has ever been able to do. which corresponds to the 28th path of Natural Intelligence. are projected up into the sphere of the desire-nature. too. all the ridiculous product of the insane fantasy that any man can do anything of himself. and occult philosophy is ever the doctrine of what Claude Bragdon calls "The Beautiful Necessity. and will. Netzach. and the reason why it is connected with the Grade of Philosophus is that Venus is the planet of love and of art. "Occult. because the very beginning of true occult philosophy and practice is vigorous. Nun also is the letter of the path of Imaginative Intelligence. we are centers of expression for His will-to-beauty. and begins. This Mars-vibration dominates in the path on the Tree of Life ascribed to the letter Nun. And Nun is the first letter of the Hebrew noun nno3. and from it comes no end of false aestheticism. Meditation upon( our relationship to that Spiritual Sun cannot but awaken within us a feeling of love and gratitude to the Source of our lives." 1 n The second letter of 7 is Tzaddi." assigned to Netzach.

For the consciousness of identity with the One Will includes all the elements that have been considered in the last few paragraphs. must have traversed the path of the letter Nun. Intellectual perception begins our consciousness of Will. And this is the detail overlooked by many who aspire to artistic expression -.a detail which often decides whether a given piece of work is good or bad. must be specific. In its highest expression. but not until we have opened ourselves to instruction from within. the more shall we be disposed to listen for the Inner Voice which brings us the revelations of the One Teacher. although it has taken us a long way from our starting-point. the third letter of "Occult" is the path of Saturn. and the moment we begin to be cocky over our work we are falling into the characteristically adult delusion of separateness. because the work of the artist in life necessitates a thorough understanding of the principle of limitation. No matter what the medium. -. the better shall we grasp the meaning of the Originating Will. And what is the secret of that change? wm and n7vnare the same in numeration. the Self represented by the HERMIT. The better we apprehend this inner meaning. Only those who meet the tests are entrusted with the profounder meanings of the Great Secret. Finally. n. the last letter of "Occult" is 1. because we cannot be aware of that Will without knowing it as a power which works through human action to produce beautiful results. not until we deliberately assume the listening attitude.not occasionally. This is why the mystics of all periods and of all religions have expressed their experience of superconsciousness in terms which grate on the ears of prudes. the secret of the metamorphosis which changes wn1 the Tempter into n 7 wthe Redeemer. the adaptation of life to the expression of beauty demands the childlike mental attitude. and must know the higher aspects of the manifestation of the Mars-force associated with Scorpio. and as often during each day as we can -. and artistic aspiration engendered by meditation continues it. Except we become as little children we cannot enter the Kingdom.It is the secret of the transforniation of the Scorpion into the Eagle. he who is on the path of Intelligence of Will must have conquered death.will we begin to penetrate into the deeper mysteries. The work of the artist must have the Saturnine quality of definition. but every day of our lives. but in n7wathe number 50 is represented by the letters M and I instead of by the letter N.and this is related to something which is vital to all artistic effort. All this is by no means so great a digression from our main theme as you may be disposed to think. For they have not scrupled to describe the bliss of union in terrns which are reflections of the keenest ecstasy of the .and he who truly merits the Grade of Philosophus in the Inner School has to undergo a long probation. and the better we understand the nature of the Secret associated with Netzach and the sphere of Venus. the secret of giving wings to the ~ Serpent. This is the Qabalistic explanation of the final letter of lin. The consciousness of mortality and separateness associated with DEATH has become the consciousness of immortality which comes to the HANGED MAN in Sarnadhi plus the consciousness of identity with the One Self. the state of consciousness assigned to the 20th Path is a blissful ecstasy beyond words. which was the second letter of ]in. Finally. On this account we find that the third letter of I i n is that which the Tarot symbolizes as the HIEROPHANT.

Perfecti'on in meditation raises the mind to the Sattva quality of superconsciousness. or it is the return of the power ol' pure Consciousness to its essential form." or with Lao-Tze. you see." At first glance this might seem to contradict the teaching which I have given you concerning the absolute self-surrender symbolized by the HANGED MAN. the Purusha. so we are taught. "Before Abraham was. tell us the same thing." and this is his rendition of the last of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: "Pure spiritual life is. Charles Johnston translates Kaivalva as "pure spiritual life. which is the Purusha. for he is attributed to the letter YOD. like the HERMIT. the Seeker for Light on the Way of Return comes to identifl himself with the HERMIT. the I AM. but past experience has taught me the unwisdom of trusting too much in the readiness of occult students to hear some aspects of truth. and that Self is the One Self manifesting in countless personalities. the On-Looker. but also to Chokmah. too. And this is one reason why Qabalists tell us that the path of YOD corresponds to the function of Coition. therefore. the mind. and there is nothing but the knowledge of union with the One who. commenting on the 55th Sutra in Patanjali's book (Chapter 4) which runs. then the Sattva. "By the similarity of purity between the Sattva and the Purusha (the Knower) comes Kaivalva. he has arrived at the state of consciousness which the Yogi philosolphers call Kaivalva. from gods to the lowest atom. and that the way thereto is a Path of Return. the symbolism of the IXth Tarot Key as representing Intelligence of Will. can do nothing of itself." says: "When the soul realizes that it depends on nothing in the universe. I am. Who is the Hermit? He is your true Self. Whether we say with the Qabalists that the Serpent of Wisdom "climbs the Tree of Life. But it does not.senses. isolation. since YOD of . It is not the only reason.1iz5 is assigned to Chokrnah. You must remember what Lao-Tze says." The same writer. "Walk contrary to the world. is the Light-Bearer for the whole universe." All the sages. and this letter refers not only to the 20th Path. Consider. in traversing the 20th Path. is always dependent. in which all sense of personal separateness is extinguished. that the best instructor on these matters is the One Teacher seated in the hearts of men. which have emptied themselves of their value for the Spiritual man." or with Boehme. I have learned." When. now. that is called Kaivalva (isolation) and perfection. Kaivalva is defined by Vivekananda as "Oneness with Absolute Being. for everything depends upon that ONE REALITY. The HERMIT is a symbol of the Goal. He whom Jesus had in mind when he said." vve are simply expressing the idea that the Goal and the Source are One. because they all speak from the same experience. But the Real Self." Personalitv. and . depends upon nothing. So I content myself with suggesting that you look for fbrther information concerning this particular attribution. the inverse resolution of the potencies of Nature. It is attained when this mixture of purity and impurity called mind has been made as pure as the Puusha Itself. "The Path of TAO is backward. This is He whom the Bible calls the Ancient of Days. "All the teachings of wise men are paradoxical. reflects only the unqualified essence of purity.

which is the picture of the Dance of Life. m l ~ strength. Geburah. the result is a state of consciousness in which the meaning of the Saturn quality of limitation is understood. and this transmutation is pictured in the Tarot by the woman taming the lion. the name of the zodiacal sign Leo. by a supreme effort of imagination. or Administrative Intelligence. After this. in which it is perceived as that which enables Life to express itself in forms of beauty. Note. is the number 216." Notice. this is the number of . so that we are all centers of expression for the governing power. But when it is represented by M and I. two Tarot Keys. For when we have identified ourselves with the HERMIT we have also found the bliss of union with the Wisdom which Qabalists call the Father. And the numbers of these two Keys are XI1 and IX. You will remember that . The path to which Sight . Finally.lSx7. its sign in the Tarot is the XIIIth Key. and partakers in its dominion over everything.Sight. that the change from rum to nSruainvolves a difference in the Tarot correspondences. When the number 50 is represented in any word by N. . that 216 is 9 by reduction. In these subtler cross-correspondences of the letter Yod we find another reason why the 20th path is called "Intelligence of Will. whose sum is XXI. by a process initiated from the point-of-view afforded by Chesed. corresponding to the Wheel of Fortune in the Tarot. of the Secret of all spiritual activities. since the upper point of that Yod of I H V H is said to be in Kether. . the path of the letter Kaph. is perfected when the power of the sphere of Mars. In doing this one places oneself in Chesed. too. l 3 N l is attributed is that of Aries. and ~111. Sight. the picture of Cosmic Consciousness. When all the desires of the seeker for Light have been unified in the one desire to be a free.lSIK. and of nil. too. and in which. is attributed is that of Sagittarius. through the 19th Path he transmutes the activities of the serpent-power. one of the names of the sphere of Mars. he sees behind the mechanistic expression of the Life-Power in the cosmic cycles the operation of a Living Will. wrath or excitement. excitement. unobstructed vehicle for the manifestation of the cyclic activities of the cosmos. Geburah. and that lion. And the path to which ~117. m. especially. that of Probation or Trial. and identifies himself with that Will. has been drawn along the 19th path back to Chesed. associated with Chesed. The Grade of Exempt Adept. one becomes vividly aware of the truth that every human personality is a vehicle or channel through which flows the self-directive potency of the One Life. the number of the WORLD. l S ~ l . DEATH.m21.even to Kether.the lion. It thus becomes evident that all these words. the 19th Path is not open so long as we are no further along the Way of Return than Geburah. the function assigned to the 15th path.l?l~. excitement. are related to the fiery power which we have learned to associate with the Mars-vibration. . he has traversed the first path leading to the Grade of Exempt Adept. and 9 is the number of the letter corresponding to the 19th Path. . are the signs that we must consider. For when the absolute surrender of personality symbolized by the HANGED MAN is combined with the realization of identity with the Primal Will for which the HERMIT stands. and in our union with that Wisdom we are raised to communion with the Primal Will which is the Originating Principle of the whole self-manifestation of the Life-Power. of the cosmos. ruled by Mars. for the knowledge of the Great Arcanum. 216 is also the number of . so that all sense of personal volition is extinguished. the HANGED MAN and the HERMIT. is not open to him who has risen no higher than the Grade of Major Adept That is to say. which is the function of the 25th Path. and the power from Geburah must be brought over from the side of Severity on the Tree of Life to the side of Mercy.

In the Tarot it is THE TOWER. or sublimate. and since this Key shows us lightening destroying a house. all that I can do is to tell you that the sages have left us this clue to what sort of a secret the Great Arcanum is. But the Exempt Adept. may safely be entrusted with the Secret of all Spiritual Activities. tell the letter of the Path of Sight. . in order to perform the actions necessary to his part in the Great Work. The third letter is a contrast to the one which precedes it. are light-bearers and guides for others below them on the path of return. The misinterpretation arises from the illusion of separateness. I take it that the Great Arcanum has something to do with the disruptive and destructive effect of electricity.This vibration. because it is Y. Almost. for to do so would be to make two false assumptions: 1.. since 0 is the letter represented by THE DEVIL. must know that it is not simply mathematical and mechanical. are ready to know the Great Secret. I say. my antagonist. is the letter of Mars. The tirst letter is H. ruled by Saturn." The second letter. for the beginning of our knowledge of the Great Arcanum is an understanding of the mystery of Vision. What is that secret? The very letters of the word so translated. having in his union with the One Self so identified himself with the cosmic memory that he never forgets his relation to the Sources of All. and apply it for the establishment of definite. Indeed. he sees also that the One Purpose is working through every life. us.dept. which is merely the misunderstanding of the power of undeviating cosmic law in its manifestation through personal centers of expression. It is a secret which begins with a realization of the full meaning of another passage in the Book of Tokens: "I utter myself by seeing. Peh. so that this letter conveys. none who have not been united in consciousness with the One Self symbolized by the HERMIT. ~151~3. I take it that the Great Secret has something to do with the control of the subconscious forces which the Devil symbolizes. the Mars-force. or can be. He must see that activity as proceeding from the Self. a suggestion that the Great Secret shows us how to exalt. and understands what is said in The Bookof Tokens: "Nothing is. which engenders the feeling of "myness. because there are times when even he who perfectly remembers the Self (Chesed is the Sephirah of memory) must identify himself with the relative states of being in order to serve. is especially active in self-consciousness.1. by its astrological associations. is almost wholly liberated from even the illusion. And at such times he feels the illusion of separateness as much as anybody else. one who sees in all his actions the outworking of the inevitable cosmic order." None who have not attained to this understanding. That I have attained to the Grade of Exempt A. although he has overcome the delusion caused by it. The Major Adept still feels the illusion. Only one who has freed himself from the error of personal initiative. and yet realizes that order to be more than a mere mechanism. and the feeling of strength which it gives is misinterpreted by people who have not progressed beyond self-consciousness. concrete results. and of the path of Exciting Intelligence. No. and 2." and this feeling is at the root of belief in personal will. This is why the Sephirah Geburah is said to represent personal will. That you have also reached that Grade. I do not pretend to tell you what that mysteiy is. like the HERMIT. For when he sees this. I believe it to be something associated with what modem science has to say about what would happen if a man knew how to release interatomic energy. It is not enough that he should see his actions as part of the cyclic activity that causes every thing which happen:. none who have not see that they. Furthermore. must realize it as expressing a Living Purpose. Yet we should remember that in Capricorn Mars is exalted. the letter correspondmg to the sign Capricorn. you will recall.

~ . but he is also closely related to the DEVIL." Vav is repeated in this word. In like manner the function assigned to 1. has only been the Father in disguise. "Having emptied yourself. The next three letters are all related to Venus. and at the same time they tell us that they have been One with the Father. helps us to eliminate all waste. Yet all the sages who have entered into superconsciousness agree in telling us that they have been granted a vision of the inmost meaning of existence. The sword of JUSTICE in the Tarot refers to this excretory or eliminative aspect of Saturn. which Venus rules. because. Heh through Aries. and because the perfectly balanced scales are symbols of rest and stability. so to say. It corresponds to the Tarot Key of the Hierophant. "Remain where you are. And this revelation. ruled by Mars. Lamed is the letter of the sign Libra. they correspond to the second phrase of the Chinese Master's injunction. it would seem. All this means.The first three letters of U I ~ I Y you see. that the knowledge gained by listening to the HIEROPHANT enables us to rid ourselves of everything useless in our personalities. I take it. Thus the HIEROPHANT is not only the complement of the EMPEROR. are all related in one way or another to the Mars vibration. or the purifLing processes which rid our bodies (all of our bodies. metal of Mars). And by this elimination we attain the balance which is represented by the scales of JUSTICE. and this suggests that the next stage of our initiation into the Secret of All Spiritual activities is a practical lesson in elimination. after which we are ready to listen again. Peh as the letter of Mars. even as Venus is the complement of the Mars. and it has been said to me that the second revelation is to the effect that the HIEROPHANT is the true Self of the Seeker for Light. when it will be clear to you that the DEVIL is just a caricature of the . includes the knowledge that the Adversary. which is Saturn's letter. any more than a color-vibration can exist without arousing the complementary color. and may be understood as being in some sense the complement of the Emperor. is the complement of the Martian red. the planet which governs excretion. I think Lao-Tze gives the gist of this particular lesson when he says. the equilibrium which is the basis of the Great Work." In this connection we might remember that Saturn. is what completes the function assigned to 7." Balance is the result achieved. inasmuch as no planetary vibration can be active without inducing its complement. we are ready for the deeper revelations of the mysteries which come to us through the channel of interior Hearing. to remove every obstruction to the free outflow of the Life-Power. When we have learned the deeper meaning of Vision (x). it seems to me. playing the game of existence with His children. in order to help them to unfold their latent powers and possibilities. direct from the One Teacher who is represented in the Tarot by the HIEROPHANT. which rules the kidneys. and as the color of Venus. which is Sight. Thus the sword of Justice has a Saturn hilt (the T) and a Mars blade (steel or iron. understand) of waste. green. This correspondence will be evident if you compare the symbols of the Vth and XVth Keys. the first instruction of the Inner Teacher has to do with purification and the attainment of balance. and Ayin as the letter assigned to Capricorn in which sign Mars is exalted. is exalted in Libra. and hence the sword is held in the right hand of JUSTICE. have mastered the destructive force of Mars (9) and have exalted this force through learning how to utilize the limiting power of Saturn which seems at first to be our Adversary (Y). but we have no words to express what the experience really is. or Tau. "Having emptied yourself. We can apprehend this teaching intellectually. Vav is assigned to Taurus. where it corresponds to the first clause of Lao-Tze's admonition. remain where you are. and that the fact that Libra is ruled by Venus means that every activity of this sign must necessarily excite complementary Mars activities. Hearing. Elimination is the active part of the process. Note that it has a handle like a T.

"The Devil is God upside-down. the body-building activities of the subconscious plane are all directed to the fashioning of a personal vehicle which shall offer no obstruction to the free out:flow of the Life-Power into the externalizations of the objective plane of name and form. and roses and lilies spring up in response. It shows the Lion bmeing mastered by the Woman. recalling the occult maxim. Venus-Mercury-Sun.ions formulated in self-consciousness. beautiful body of the Master. the Woman of the picture. symbol of the HIEROPHANT'S number." Then. is ever amenable to control through suggesl. 9). grasps the truth that all the power a man can exercise is a transformation of the One Life-Power. and Word: this is the Spirit of the Holy One. Mercury for intellect. too. for He with whom thou hast wrestled is none other than thy true Self. is akin to indivisibility. and that fear was the beginning of thy wisdom. Enter into joy. the number of the HIEROPHANT. little by little. It is the Secret of the Word made flesh. Spirit. And the end of the process is the radiant. Finally. Thus is intimated the idea that the dominant thing in the picture of STRENGTH is the Mercurial activity which descends through the path of Beth. the number of the DEVIL." (S. Thus the DEVIL wears the Pentagram. Thus. that all the volitions a man feels at work within him are expressions of the One Will. It is the law that all subhuman expressions of the solar energy are under the immediate direction of subconsciousriess. XV. and this is STRENGTH in the Tarot. clothes Itself with garmenis of pulsing radiance which our imperfect senses only half-perceive. thou ha!jt no need for fear. or Teth. of the Primal Thought which. and 206 is the number of 117. STRENGTH shiows the hidden law which finds expression in the growth of these flowers. Thus the final revelation of the HIEROPHANT may well be: "Child. through vibration begun as Sound. Venus for love and art. while subconsciousness. Notice the p1ane:tary attributions of the letters in 117. which seemed a game of war thou seest now as but the game of love. is the extension of V. All our ideas of the demoniac or diabolical are derived from wrong judgment as to the real nature of the seemingly antagonistic forces which surrouncl us. in the conditions of Name and Form.HIEROPHANT. I. merging at its highest sublimation into superconsciousness. and men who have experienced superconsciousness confirm this doctrine by testifling with one voice that in the state of union all consciousness of evil disappears completely. When self-consciousness. and then raised to the electric potency of FOHAT. For I was the Adversary. left hand downward toward the garden. deathless. concerning which I shall have more to say in the next lesson. changed day by day into a more truthful likeness and image of the Life above and within. concerning which the Sepher Y e t z m = says: "Voice.) Here are some clues to the Secret of' the Word. The MAGICIAN points his. which our deluded minds belittle . Nothing is more clearly established by the study of psychology in connection with compari~tive religions than the fact that every devil known to man is an image conjured up to account for something in his environment which makes a man afraid. by right intellection. so to say.. long hast thou feared me. and the only Individual in all the universe is the One Self manifest through countless masks or persons. remember. but wears it upside-down. who has above her head the symbol which appears also above the head of the MAGICIAN. Word. The Ageless Wisdom tells us that the Adversary is only a human caricature of the Redeemer. I the opponent without Whom there would have been no game to play. (Individuality." The final letter of 13151933 is a. And this. Y. fbr it drove thee in quest of refuge from thine Adversary. even as the Adversary is our misinterpretation of the Father. In response to it. the bodies of the man are purified. at the end of thy long quest. Now. when the Father extends Himself. a i 5 i ~ m 206. this right knowledge of the relation between personality and the One Life becomes the dominant suggestion to the subconscious. the Sun for vitality and light. for the heart-consciousness which astrologers rightly interpret as the direct expression of individuality.

And then shall the Severity of the Law be swallowed up in Mercy. too simply clear in meaning for the muddled minds of theologians. That Word dwells among us. The mystery of the Word made flesh is the secret of all spiritual activities. speaking freely through an unobstructed channel.and besmirch with lying labels. be merged with the exhaustless riches of the self-impartation of the One. as quickly as we are ready. When we have learned to listen. How long will it be before the world will come to understand the beautiful simplicity of the saying. Everything that we call "matter" is the body of Spirit. spoke these words. but the Self behind that personality. apparently broken or divided into Many-ness and so concealing the essential unity. That is to say. LESSER ADEPT BEAUTY . Then shall the powers of the Greater Adept. it will make known to us all the mysteries of the Great Arcanurn." These were the words of the One Self. wondehl as they seem. "This is my body. Not the man Jesus. which is broken for you. we all share in its presence in this world of name and form. That Word is seated in your heart and mine.

But he who travels this path must first have perfected his realization of what it means to be an Exempt Adept. and is the number of Kether. Master of the Temple. In traversing the 18th path. and by this time you understand what this means. a fence. and the symbolism of that Key shows the descent of Life through the rational consciousness to the planes below. placed horizontally. because a fence sets a boundary. that anything I can say about these higher Grades can be little more than a faint shadow of the reality. who corresponds to Mercury. The conception of unchanging Law. and the goal is Understanding. 1 represents beginning. it is not until they have become truly exempt from action that they are qualified to follow the course which will make them Masters of the Temple. is over the head of the MAGICIAN in the Tarot. nyn. as you know. and the ascent of life from those lower planes back to the rational. I hope. My words are not final. Thus we see that m. They shed only a tiny gleam of light upon the Great Plan. which leads upward from Geburah to Binah. even as more homely vegetables are food for his body. The digits of 18 are 1 and 8. concreting vibration associated with Tau." which appears in the divine name attributed to YESOD (Shaddai A1 Chai). For right understanding requires not only that one should realize the universality of Justice. Thus this number. In your exercises both are paths of projection. 18 is the number of 'n. And great as are the powers of those who have attained to the Grade corresponding to Geburah. 8 is the number of involution and evolution. ran and returned. as if to show us that this involution and evolution is directed rationally. the Grade of the Invisible Order corresponding to Binah is called Magister Templi. . This path to understanding is not open to those who are merely Greater Adepts. and is thus a number referable to the Saturnine limiting. because it connects the 3d and 5th Sephiroth. "life. This limiting activity is implied in the meaning of Cheth. You understand. Two paths lead thereto. which are the spheres of Saturn and Mars. marks out a field for cultivation. the reduction of 18 is 9. the serpent-power of FOHAT. It is also the number of the letter Tau (the Cross). The first of these indications so cleverly "hidden in plain sight" is the letter-name. Finally. Chaiim). which leads upward from Tiphareth to the third Sephirah. for all that I can do is to try to make a little clearer some of the directions we have received from Those who have gone on before. It is the number 4 18. and their growth is a type of the ascent of nature up from the subhuman planes. the totality of manifestation. because there are 400 Sephiroth in the Great Tree of Life. 400 represents." Yet the number 8 is also the number of Mercury. and the HOD.Mastership In the old Rosicrucian texts. For the flowers growing in the Magician's garden are food for his higher sensibilities. definitive. back to the divine. that is. sphere of Mercury. the number which symbolizes the conception expressed by Ezekiel in the phrase: "And the living creatures (aw. through the human. is not enough to carry us through the 18th path. the Primal Will which is the beginning of whirling motion. Note also that the path of Cheth necessarily partakes of the Saturnine quality. the number of the letter Teth. and 4 18 combines 400 with 18. The first is the 18th. the starting-point is the Grade of Greater Adept. unqualified and untempered by Mercy. and this is borrowed light. The second is the 17th.

and that it conveys to Qabalists the occult signific'ance. The reduction is IV. or remembering. Achad. for cultural purposes. exerted through the intellectual manifestation of the Life-Power . and you will see that on the side of Severity the path of Beth or Mercury leads from Kether to Binah. as combining the foregoing idea of Life with the idea of limitation associated with Tau. Ruach Elohim). and this is why it is said that the nature is a book. In the WOlRLD the process is symbolized as the Dance of Life. disruptive. too. yet curbed and directed by means of the Saturnine power of limitation." The self-limitation of the Life-Power produces the illusion of two antagonistic principles. is numerically defined in esoteric terminology as "the power which enters into manifestation through the whirling motion initiated at the beginning of a cycle by the Primal Will. "House of Influence. and 13 is the number of 7nN." for the Hebrew noun Y ~ W means "abundant outpouring. The name of this path is ~ 5 w . wherein Mars is exalted and Saturn is the ruler. as shown by the picture of the MAGICIAN. "love.life." You will see. Put these Keys before you on the table. That same descent is pictured in the symbolism of the HERMIT. and that. and added together they make 3 1. You see the Life-Power descending.I nyl. Y5fY. Beth stands for the MAGICL4N. the 18th path. that nyn. and that is the process whereby the Life-Power provides itself with an abode. as has the name of the Sephirah to which each of these paths leads us on the Wily of Return. which must be reduced. The final letter is Ayin. Heh is the definite article. "unity. because there are no Key-numbers beyond XXI. a house. Ahebah." and of . we shall be recovering.then. which unites Binah and Geburah must be tinged with the same Mercurial quality. Thus the name suggests Qabalistically that the overflowing abundance connected with this 18th path is fiery. Consider the name of the 18th path even more closely. of course. Martian. the number of the EMPEROR." yn. corresponding to the sign Capricorn. and Saturn.as 418. something of the control of external conditions by right use of mental powers vvhich is presented in the symbolism of the MAGICIAN. a dwelling-place . and consider them attentively. that the name of this path begins with the letter-name of the second character in the Hebrew alphabet. nqn." We shall find that the other path we study in this lesson has the sane connection witlh the number 13. Observe.l~. through the MAGICIAN. These are but three aspects of one thing. and we the readers. The whole universe is Life's definition of Itself. and that One is Love. rn71. to which Qabalists assign the Fire which is the Life-Breath of the creative powers (Sh=300= a y . This is the quality of self-consciousness expressed in its highest terms. and involving and evolving itself through the functions of the rational or Mercurial consciousness. Esoteric teaching says. The third letter is Peh. has 13 for its first reduction. IX and XXI:. Thus we know that in traversing the 18th path on the Way of Return. As used here. The EMPEROR corresponds to the letter which begins the second part of the title of the 18th path. which is attribui~ed ~ to Mars. The EMPEROR corresponds also to this power of self-definition which is dominant in the creative process. stands for the HERMIT. Tav is the letter of the WORLD." It might also be translated "House of Overflowing" or "House of Abundance. E h . 400. The numbers of these Keys are I. "These Two are really One.ll. in consequence.a particular field n3n of action in Time and Space. The second letter of YDW is Shin." Look at your Tree of Life. "Mercurial outpouring. I j n i l . shows us that the 18th Path on the Tree of Life has to do with the self-limitation of the Life-Power.

so may the adept protect and isolate himself from the illusions of his environment by learning the technique of . The growth of a language is like the crustacean's slow progress. Clearness in speech and writing require this backward look. In like manner speech is always backward-looking. and this is enclosed in a hard. The name of the zodiacal sign corresponding to this path is Cancer. thus. the Lion and the Bull. as given in here." it is symbolized in the Tarot by the CHARIOT. and whoever would use words aright must continually turn his mental gaze backward. read backward. A crab is Hebrew. would be called a crazy notion by most people. of course. Coherence and consistence demand that we keep our mental gaze upon what we have said or written. As the crab protects and isolates himself by growing a shell. Lao-Tze says.r tv 3 Y.) And because this is the path which leads to the Grade named "Magister Templi. the Crab. To travel the 18th path on the Way of Return." or "Master of the Temple. tracing meanings to their sources. He is master of the positive and negative expressions of the elemental expression of the Astral Light. as on the WAY of RETURN. In a few words. stone-like shell. nevertheless. "The path of TAO is backward. is to overcome the limitations of Saturn by knowing how to utilize them. For the chariot is a symbol for the living temple of the Life-Power. The backward walk of the crab symbolizes the process of retracing the path. the negative is the black one. The sphinxes correspond to the fourfold manifestation of the Astral Light because they are (when drawn correctly. so the occult power of Speech can gradually solidifj ideas into things. taking form as objects (including the objects we call "creatures" as well as those we call "things") by means of the Life-Power's inherent quality of self-limitation. (Each section of the foregoing sentence is suggested by the letters of . or WORD. The occult idea of Speech is that of a power which can give concrete material embodiment to ideas.Trace out the connections. and the driver of the car is the I AM. the Eagle. This occult power of speech is implied in the Christian doctrine that all things were made by the Logos. This. I have been at some pains to indicate all these clues. Waite's design) a synthesis of the Man. and it walks backward. the crab looks always toward the place whence he has come. or in reverse. can encase thought in the hard shell of material forms. making himself familiar with roots and derivations. spelt ~ D Y D 3 19 in = =319. in order to show you how the attribution of the Tarot to the Hebrew alphabet and paths. which quality is directed by the intellectual. Y 3 tv 7. It is a symbol of the way of return. all that is here indicated may be stated thus: the 18th path is the channel of the abundant outflow of the fiery activity of the Life-Power. as they are in Mr. It is.which astrologers associate with Mercury. rational quality called "Mercury" and symbolized by the MAGICIAN. to awaken in oneself the regenerative potency of the Flame of the Life-Breath." Because he walks backward. And just as a crab grows his shell from within outward. and to restore the creator to his throne. as the crab keeps his eyes upon the ground which he has just traversed. is justified and proven correct by the results we get when we apply it to Qabalistic terminology. The positive expression is the white sphinx. The h c t i o n attributed to the same path is Speech. the basis of all practical magic. But there is a deeper occult connection between the crab-symbol and the magical use of speech than any I have touched upon. to master the destructive force of Mars. therefore. Even the materials of speech are derived from the past.

which is a verb meaning to stretcl-lout. and of ~ U T Cancer. some person is enabled to send his thought over miles of distance. whose symbol is the Moon. Such a man cannot be selfish. This is the watery Astral Fluid. it is only to Exempt Adepts that this path of Cheth is open on the Way of Return. the adept learns the secret of adapting the substance-phase. This is a work which calls into play the powers which are developed in the Grade of Greater Aclept.y to intensifL the delusion of separateness were it attempted before the adept's consciousness had been freed from that delusion. and only one who is wholly unselfish may exercise the powers of a Master of the Temple. of which you may read accounts in the proceedings of the societies for psychological research. but because this making of an indestructible body by the power of words would be 1ikel. and in traversing the 18th Path on the Way of Return. He has learned by the same mean:. a Key also attributed to a sign . and n. The first. and then by long practice in creative imagination. As Hudson says in his Law of Psychic Phenomena. Now and then. that there is no such thing as distance to the instantaneous action of the Life-Power. This Water element has its root in the 3rd Sephirah. the occult art of speech consists in such a specific employment of sound-vibrations related to mental images as will tend to materialize those images as physical conditions. and the results of his control of substance through the laws of sound enable him to make for himself an indestructible body. he has realized that both Past and Future are summed up in an eternal NOW. It hints at the tremendous extension of powers which is the outcome of the adept's cornland. The adept is able to utilize it more perfectly than other people. The ordinary circle of human influence is comparatively small. A person who still labors under the illusion that he has a personal will. or to project a phantasm of himself into another place. By this means he may even build for himself an indestructible body. or substance phase of the Life-Power.9. U'W. ?. through occult speech. this power is a function of the subjective or subconscious mind. or actions will do anything but promote the realization of the Will-to-Good which is behind all modes of manifestation.In. of the substance phase of the Life-Power. To be inore explicit. and to produce other effects which seem like miracles to the uninitiated. Speech. and these form two Hebrew words. By this occult art of speech the Exempt Adept moulds the Astral Fluid into whatsoever shapes he chooses.Scorpio. l0. is not ripe enough to be entrusted with the secret of building an indestructible body. and so suggests that by which one drives and steers a boat through water. gives the numbers of the letters V. . in moments of stress. D. This is analogous to the symbolism of the little boat in the background of the 13th Tarot Key. Another Hebrew word formed from the same letters is awy. The number 3 19. The meaning has to do with the artistic adaptation and control of' the Water-element associated with this path through the sign Cancer. First by reasoning. because h& developed a vivid consciousness of the unity of substance and of the illusive nature of time and space. or words. means an oar. Binah is called the Great Sea by Qabalists. which is that of miw. Understand me . Only the adept completely liberated from the delusion of separateness can become so free a channel for the outpouring of the Life-Power that none of his thoughts.magical speech. when articulated as 300. This latent power of human beings. is fully developed in the Master who has passed through the 18th Path.and it is the substance phase of the Life-Power. that he can do things of himself. which will resist every hostile external influence. (sometimes called the Astral Fluid) by means of speech.

and then by long practice has developed skill in expressing these truths imaginatively by sound-symbols expressing definite ideas. "Sancti@ingW Hebrew is ru-ri. too." Here Levi shows the subtlety of his language. which declares itself in The Book of Tokens by the words. Thus we know that a Master of the Temple is what we sometimes call a saint. and the chariot stands still." Jesus did not explain to those who listened to his esoteric teaching that a great deal of patient practice is required in order to perfect such a power of belief. From the number we are led to see that a saint is a man in in whom the full powers of humanity are brought to fruition. "as if the medium in which he works were Eternity and not Time. number of the word 7 n ~Achad. or can be. Thus we find that 3 19. reduces to 13. because he knows that the successful end of the Great Work was determined from the beginning. The adept has first perceived these truths intellectually. as Eliphas Levi puts it. "Nothing is. He contented himself with an accurate statement of principle. And it is important to remember that the "communion of saints" mentioned in the Christian Creed refers to the rapport existing between in the Christian Creed refers to the rapport existing between adepts who have attained to this Grade in the Invisible Order." This is the point-of-view from which the Master of the Temple performs his mighty works. for the Magus excels not in ripeness but in practical skill. my antagonist.?n = 450. is also the Path of SanctiQing Intelligence. anything to be fought. Ahebah. which is also the number of the word . and 10 is the number of . the . the number of these words we have been considering. for what is really meant is not "as if an endless vista of time lay before him. It never enters his mind that there is anything to be subdued. in which to complete his undertaking. to which the 18th Path leads. and ye shall have them. Unity. He is one who has built up by patient practice in concentration and meditation the ability to carry into execution the words of Jesus. "Whatsoever things ye ask and pray for. and by this same freedom from the illusion of Time he produces in an instant results in the way of giving visible form and shape to the substance-phase of the Life-Power which seem miraculous to profane beholders of his works. anything which can possibly set itself up against the realization of the Will-to-Good of which he knows himself to be an open channel." It is by means of this timelessness in his thought and work that the Master of the Temple stretches out the circle of his activities so that it includes points in space far distant from that occupied by his physical body. b. Thus. The Master of the Temple realizes to the full the meaning of the affirmation. I am guided moment by moment along the path of liberation. Even the Grade of Magus which lies beyond contains no riper souls. "as if he had all eternity to work in. The Sephirah . For these are the ripened fruits of humanity.1N. because he has learned that the great secret is to do as the Hindu sage advises . in the 8th Tarot Key.Binah. To him there are no enemies. in whom are developed all the highest powers of the race. To understand the One-ness of All is to see. "Filled with understanding of its perfect law. And upon what is this belief to be established? Upon recognition of the unitv of the Life-Power. He has neither anxiety nor curiosity about the future.11. believe that ye received them.il9l. 450 is 10 x 45."live out the present with a smiling heart.well. that the One is a principle of Love." He feels within him the urge of that resistless Will which others not so wise mistake for something of their own." He works. knowing full well that not one person in ten thousand in any generation of mankind is ripe enough to realize that statement to the filll. He makes no plans. although the Charioteer is fully armed. He sees no adversary anywhere in creation. he is at rest." but rather.

in learning how to make himself absolute master of the vehicle of personality. and we know that it is the body-builder. every word he speaks. not the slightest thing. of the Originating Principle of the Universe. which is the secret of the control of the serpent-power. This work which makes a saint has its completion in the perfection and unfoldment of a new vehicle for the Life-Power. because 450=4+5+0=9=Teth=STRENGTH. and all this has been accomplished through the generative power of imagination. Adam or Man. for the delusion of separate personality is really a transposition of Cause and Effect. He has succeeded. He knows the Secret of All Spiritual Activities. But this liberation is not completely brought about until one has traversed the 17th Path. But what has been extinguished? Nothing that ever hacl any reality. A saint is one who has surrendered all personal actions to the direction of the Life-Power (M: HANGED MAN). that to become superconscious we must have bodies difi:rent from those we are using now. And since we found. a liberated and regenerated person. For without creative imagination no man ever is able to work out the logical consequences of the Unity of Being. He does nothing.so that we may say a saint is one who has succeeded in applying the law pictured in the VIIIth Key. He has listened to the Voice of the Inner Teacher (V: HIEROPHANT). here and now. and with its passing all bondage is forever at an end. This creative imagination is the mother. Rightly to divide the Word is to have a clear mental perception of the functions of the three modes of consciousness. and Nirvana means extinction. early in this course. that of the letter ZAIN. so to say. Can we do this? Is there any suggestion which will bring about this result? . For this is the error against which we are warned in the admonition to "rightly divide the word of God. makes itself manifest. and the truth of this matter is symbolically set forth in the 6th Tarot Key. and through that vehicle. This is why everything that he does is so potent. Every thought he thinks. He has traversed the road of initiation during the sleep of his physical body (Q: THE MOON). of the new conception of personality which establishes the Fatherhood of the I AM in our consciousness (7: THE EMPRESS). a mistaking of the instrument for the player. is to set a pattern for the building of a perfect body. of the conditions of external nature. and the correction of this error is what is filially accomplished in the Path of the Sword (Zain). A delusion ceases to exist. every action he performs is the direct expression of the one Life which is the Creative Principle of the Universe.) Yet all this may be summed up in the letter Teth. and by denying the false claims of personality. Consider the Tarot Keys correspondirig to rv-njm.perfection. The Judgment. FOHAT. of himself. In this extinction nothing is lost. Our problem." which has nothing to do with Scriptural interpretations. then. through the operation of the refining fire of the Life-Breath of the Elohim ( D S Z ~ Kml. The Master of the Temple has attained to Nirvana. while 45 is the number of D7N. For it must be clear to you by this time that no definite creative imagination is possible without a clear-cut intellectual pattern. but everything with the right ordering or classification of the ways in which the Logos.Ruach Elohim=300=w. he has restored the Creator to His throne. So I put it. that is all. By coming to understand the h l l significance of what it is to be a man. the problem is: How may we build these kind of bodies? Now. because of the limitations of language. or thought-embodying energy of the Life-Power. we know that the subconsciousness is always amenable to suggestion. Intellect has to grasp the principle in order to supply the pattern from which the subconscious generation of mental images results. which corresponds to the letter ZAIN. But what has the Master of the Temple rlzally learned to do? Simply to "stand aside and let" the I AM work through his personality. as a result of formulating that secret in occult Speech. so as to develop a vivid consciousness of the real presence in human life.

to make it perfectly clear to the subconsciousness that you are turning it over to the direction of the true Self. and act as the vehicle of communication through which I may become aware of its guidance. the self-conscious mind does not make the pattern. of the leprosy of separateness. This path of ZAIN is the path in which we realize that the superconsciousness. then. Why this must be so will be clear to you when you consider the present state of human knowledge concerning the human body. It includes an understanding of the way in which this direction is effected. Who knows how to make a pattem of a perfect body? Who among us has seen a Master. without specifLing that you are merely surrendering the activities of the subconscious to the direction of the I AM. of its will. What. the "seed of the woman" who is subconsciousness. there is. shall deliver the woman from the curse. is at all times the real director of personal activities and destiny. This realization is more than the perception that the I AM is the rider in the chariot of personality. For when the subconsciousness is not curbed at all.Yes. symbolized in the sixth Key by the angel. the paths beyond that of the HANGED MAN are paths of realization. So was washing seven times in the river a simple thing for Naaman. where they assume the form of the desires or motives which determine his selection of this or that course of . let alone what it is like beneath the surface? Nobody. thinks of volition as a power of personality. For the superconscious does know -. in effect. When he has passed through the path of ZAIN he sees that volition and initiative have their source in superconsciousness. so as to know what his body looks like on the outside. and submit it to the direction of the superconscious. has to set in motion the change in subconscious activities which results at last in the making of the indestructible body of the Master of the Temple." A simple thing to do? Yes. but it cured him of leprosy. eventually. and pass into subconsciousness. be very sure. As I said in another lesson. And it can be explained on scientific principles. None of us know how to make such a pattern. and he will never again be put "under the influence. it simply runs wild. Thus self-consciousness. The pattem is "given in the mount" where are the patterns of the Tabernacle and its furniture. Only be sure. Yet by right use of that very curse we can turn it into a blessing. So will this simple method cure you. is to invite disaster. and lunacy is the outcome of its unrestrained activities. Simply to say. A man deluded by the sense of separateness supposes that self-consciousness is the plane of initiative. Obey nothing but the real Self. "Henceforth you are free from my control. to the influx of wisdom from the superconscious plane. For we can say to subconsciousness: "Be thou free henceforth from any false idea coming from me. your words will be accepted by his subconsciousness. For the curse is that the subconscious shall be subject to the direction of self-consciousness. We shall use the law of auto-suggestion to free the subconscious from the domination of the self-conscious." This is the principle involved in setting the subconsciousness free from self-conscious dominance. Listen only to it.has always known -. but although the self-conscious mind has to give the suggestion. shall we do? The 6th Key shows us.what goes into the making of a perfect vehicle for its self-expression. If you hypnotize a person and tell him that from that time forth nobody will ever be able to hypnotize him again.

who believe that the source of their motives is separate and personal. The Ageless Wisdom teaches that every man is guided. Even then it will not die in the manner that we usually call "death. The Grade of Magister Templi. then. 13. when a man has reached this stage of unfoldment. moment by moment. he can make one as quickly as he can disintegrate it.action. When the activities of the subconscious plane have been definitely turned over to the direction of the superconscious. no self-conscious interference with the body-building power is possible. will vanish from the sight of men in the twinkling of an eye. is one in which we arrive at understanding (BINAH) of the true order of the Life-Power's manifestation through personality. through the whole series of his lives. and so were hosts of others who have passed on. Ramakrishna was superconscious. He who has passed through the path of DEATH. Moreover. We may . Sooner or later. I am persuaded that a number of such just men made perfect are at work in physical bodies in our world today. the Lord of His dwelling-place. Eventually the personality reaches a stage of unfoldment where this truth is perceived. Sooner or later that knowledge ripens into such perfect control of all physiological processes that he is able to prolong the life of the physical body indefinitely. is that of the card named DEATH. of course. for in reality he is never anything else. the difference in expressi'on is due to the difference in the inner peace of the different classes of devotees. the particular line of tendency which the Life-Power expressed through these personalities will descend into incarnation as a human being who lives in a physical body which does not die until he himself sets his higher vehicles free from it. I do not mean by this that every person who enters into superconscious experience attains to physical immortality during the same incarnation in which the awakening comes. Thus Mohini Chatterji. To know and to become the Supreme Spirit is really the same thing. The attainment consists in the realization that the SELF is. Thenceforth the man acts. Boehme was superconscious." The numbers of the Tarot cards representing the two paths leading to BINAH are 7 and 6. knows that the true Self is Master of the Temple. he is no longer subject to birth. however. This guidance is misunderstood by the unenlightened. in his introduction to the eighth chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita. Their sum. is merely my private opinion. Sages unite to declare that this is not so -. and every motive rises from the subconsciousness into the plane of self-consciousness. and then the personal life is seen to be the direct manifestation of the Cosmic Will. Motive always determines volition. not become a Master. and has been always. which no reader of these pages is expected to accept. We are far from this perfection. which corresponds to the path leading from NETZACH to TIPHARETH. speaks and thinks as the conscious instrument of the true Self. by the Cosmic Will. unless it appeals to him as reasonable." It will be instantly disintegrated into its component elements. Whenever he needs to use a physical body.that the true Self directs the personality through every stage of its unfoldment. This. who has become consciously immortal. and that the Woman of the mental pair is the immediate recipient of this direction. yet we may take the first steps in the path which leads to it. says: "It is true that no one can ever become the Supreme Spirit. He who attains to it does.

.use our intellect and imagination to build up in our minds the conception of the One Self as being even now the absolute master of its temple. human personality. and day by day we may strive to correct the illusions of our seemingly separate existence by meditation upon this truth.

dominated by no falsehood. for magic implies superiority.' Jesus Christ. suffering without impatience. and I will it that you and I shall be as one also. corresponding to the letter Heh. it is the barest of outlines of what the true Man in every human being really IS. the true Magi are Men-Gods. to the color green. Eliphas Levi: "Magic is the divinity of man achieved in union with faith. but ye shall be God. and never wills anything else. will and power.The True Creative Self The paths upon which you are to meditate in connection with this lesson are: 1.. 3. mastership. On the contrary. He regards reparatory chastisement as a benefit and does not comprehend the meaning of vengeance. The goal of all these paths on the Way of Return is the Sephirah Chokmah.. The path of Luminous Intelligence. He is more than free. to the zodiacal sign Taurus. and to the note F-sharp. sharing no error. "more than man. A Magus cannot be ignorant. to which is assigned the Grade of Magus in the Rosicrucian Order. corresponding to the letter Daleth. to use a Rosicrucian phrase. he co-operates freely in everything that forwards the cause of justice. corresponding to the letter Vau. to the color red. loving without illusion. to the planet Venus. reposing in the quietude of eternal thought. and majority signifies emancipation by knowledge. majority. and to the note C. He is implacable toward evil because he is without a trace of hatred for the wicked." That such a man is truly. Levi hints as much in the fifteenth chapter of the third book of his Le Grand Arcane. to the color red-orange. where he tells us: "The serpent had said: 'Ye shall be as gods.'" "Ye shall be God. The path of Constituting Intelligence. he names his good pleasure. he does good because he wishes to.. 2. my Father and I are but one. That none of us is able to form more than a vague conception of such a character must as freely be admitted. They are without fears and without desires. dares to say: 'Ye shall not be as gods.." . What others term duty. The Man-God has neither rights nor duties. he does not command. for God is my Father. to the sign Aries. nor as God. he has science. he creates. and to the note C-sharp. and for him sacrifice is the luxury of the moral life and the magnificence of the heart. The path of Triumphant and Eternal Intelligence. crushing the head of the serpent under the charming foot of his mother. he does not obey. because no one can possibly command him. in virtue of their intimate union with the divine principle. What a Magus really is may perhaps be better understood if we quote from our old acquaintance. he is master." we must all concede. Yet we altogether miss the point of the Wisdom Teaching behind these lessons if we do not see that this is no ideal picture of what we may sometime become.

and this path that we are studying is connected with the letter Vau. They who can read him in the original French must be struck by the exquisite care with which he chose his words. with the letter Yod added as a suffix. At all events. Qabalistically.e of consciousness described as "triumphant". with A. and a71rtln(~ramaic)'. to strangle. ?In. that the very name "Jesus Christ" is an occult forniula. Indeed. Superficial readers of his works ]may believe. since we are not by any means even at the portals of this Grade. embodying much of the wisdom of the ages. that he stultifies himself by pretending to accept the dogmas of' the Roman Church. sooner or later. The numeric value of this word is actually 148 (Ed. formed from the noun nu. nor do we. This path remains closed until the aspirant has attained to the Grade of Magister Templi. since we know by this time that equilibrium is the basis of the Great Work. Nor does the word "balances" puzzle us to any great extent. what he has written concerning the Grade of Magus will help us to for111 a conception of what is meant by reaching this stage on the Way of Return. Netzach is the name of the Sephirah to which the Grade of Philosophus is assigned. E. the naive and childish interpretations of the ordiinary churchman. What we know about it we must perforce gather from the descriptions of the sages. To make this practical application. To be serviceable in order to perform service -. Yet we may profit by an examination of the nanie of the path. More than this. as we do. and as we travel upward on the Tree of Life. only a Master of the Temple can possibly experience this degree of consciousness. m. In Hebrew it is ~nn=158. What it really means is the total eradici~tion of the sense of separate personality. strangulation is death by constriction of the throat.) . as do all occultists. and with the sign Taurus. which rules the throat. Waite.Netzach. the Sephirah to which was assigned the Grade of Exempt Adept. But "to strangle"? At first glance this appears to have little connection with the idea of a sta1. indicating the exact process.arrows. whereby the true Self of man frees itself from the bondage of delusion. The Qabalistic dictionary says that 158 is represented by the words 07u7n.that is the idea. one must be master of his own personal instrument. For reasons of his own doubtless good ones Levi kept his peace with the theologians of his day by an apparent agreement which was really a profound dissent fiom their opinions. Perhaps we might be wiser if we adopted a similar course. The first of the three paths leading thereto is the 16th. balances.Remember that Levi writes this as an occultist and Qabalist. He must have known. The false belief in "self' must be strangled before the true Self can be made manifest. One cannot enter into the state of consciousness which Qabalists call "Triumphant and Eternal Intelligence" until all the vehicles of personality have been cleansed and mastered. He did not pretend to accept. He accepted tlnese dogmas because he understood that they are magical formulae. He did not accept. We find little difficulty with "arrows. Yet further consideration will remind us that in every ancient symbolic initiation the candidate had to simulate death. the very dogmas which orthodox theologians believe that they hold. the addition of the letter Yod to this noun is the addition of the suggesting the practical application of a ripened philosophy. it begins in Chesed." because an arrow suggests the penetrating directness of the concentrated magical will. A hard lesson but one that we all must learn thoroughly. He did really accept. or method.

and there is something yet of the lie of division to be strangled. Would there be any sacrifice in changing a counterfeit bill for genuine money? What loss would follow giving up a . To be conscious of eternity instead of time is to leave behind every vestige of the old. as men understand sacrifice. Before the Soul can hear. culled from the Book of the Golden Precepts: "The Mind is the great Slayer of the Real. he is not indulging in meaningless. The CHARIOT represents mastery of the vehicle of personality. to come into the realm of Sat." It is to affect the great conjunction indicated by the grammatical use in Hebrew of the letter Vau. JUSTICE sums up the whole matter. Until it is taken. the Eternal Intelligence cannot be known. high-flown phrases. the false. the image (man) has to become as deaf to roarings as to whispers. by reduction 11. the harmony within must be attained. Add the numbers of the keys together and you have 38. false "self. Cheth is represented by the CHARIOT. making notes as in other lessons. While yet we speak of rights and duties something of the old error of separateness remains to be killed out. His voice cannot be heard while the insistent demands of the false personality are clamoring for recognition. When Levi says that sacrifice for the Magus is the luxury of the moral life. Neither does it mean sacrifice. Lay these cards on the table before you. he may discern the One -. And then to the inner ear will speak -THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE.P. THE MOON is a picture of the slow process of unfoldment. This is what is indicated in the lines which H. as do on waking all the forms he sees in dreams: When he has ceased to hear the many. Before the Soul can comprehend and may remember. and Qoph by THE MOON. We must not misunderstand this talk about killing. It does not mean suppression. To direct the arrows of volition to their mark is impossible while the aim is spoilt by personal considerations.Consider this word ?In in connection with the Tarot keys. and will remember. For then the Soul will hear. to cries of bellowing elephants as to the silvery bussing of the golden firefly. the true. This is the first step toward the Grade of Magus.B. Before the Soul can see. the number of JUSTICE. DEATH indicates the transforming agency whereby that mastery is made effective." The picture of the Hierophant sums up the whole meaning of the 16th path. not till then. Nun by DEATH. and fleshly eyes be rendered blind to all illusion. she must unto the Silent Speaker be united. shall he forsake the region of Asat. He is the Silent Speaker of the foregoing quotation. Let the disciple slay the Slayer. just as the form to which the clay is modeled is first united with the potter's mind.the inner sound which kills the outer. For -When to himself his form appears unreal. and seek their significance in this connection. Then only. The equilibrium of the balances is unattainable if the bias of the false personality tips the scales.

borrowed from the Hindu symbol of Agni. is at an end. It completely roots up the erroneous conception of personality which results from mistaking illusion C' for reality. The Lamb refers to the mystery of the cosmic sacrifice. corresponding to English "the. The eternal expresses itself in time. Our inner ears shall then be opened to the Voice which reveals the mystery of union. The limitless takes on the form of the limited. which only submerges the error for the time being in the depths of the subconscious. It is the assumption of the illusions of time and space. and this is plainly indicated by the grammatical meaning of Heh. and will remember. omnipotence cannot alter it. appears in Bible symbology under the figure of the Lamb. John. Thus we see that limitation. and the darkness overcame it not. the Maker" and "That.paste jewel for a diamond? Even so there is no loss. the apparent differentiation between "I. The revealing of the glory of God carries with it a cosmic Calvary in which we. "Then the Soul will hear. but creates. and act of definition. it has to be. this is not suppression. Then shall we again experience the triumphant consciousne:~s of eternal life. We repeat. one might mistake a piece of rope for a snake. his children. Essentially divine. or definition is the basis of the Constituting Intelligence. In one sense the wise have always regarded creation as a self-immolation of the Life-Power. the Hebrew definite article." But that which hath been made. The boundless establishes boundaries. and this act is the result of what Qabalists call "Constituting Intelligence." The same L.V." Liberation is the result of knvwing the truth.X. Then shall we be truly "more than free. as Levi shows by saying that the Magus does not command. immortal." Thus the first letter of -r3i3u?3is that which the Tarot pictures as the HANGED MAN. J. "That which hath been made was life in him (the Logos)." With the idea of limitation enters the idea of something opposed to the creative . The universal enters into existence as the particular. are individually called to share." Creation is an act of discrimination." We. 'The lamb slain from the foundation elf the world' is no figure of speech but the very heart of all reality. The old Hebrew verb translated "create" in our Bibles means literally "to cut out. By reason of its own nature the Life-Power is creative. it is written deep ill the nature of things. in ridding oneself of the delusion of separateness. Creation is the self-limitation of that which is really limitless." The Secret Wisdom of Israel says that the fifteenth path bears the name ~ T ~ Y(Constituting) B because it constitutes the substance of creations in pure darkness. In one of his sermons. Note the result. Campbell expresses the matter thus: "What one dimly perceives is that God cannot help himself in this matter. the Made. It is the total eradication of the mistaken opinion. we are told. a. The absolute enters into the conditions of the relative. This phase of his activity is developed by the state of consciousness symbolized by the fifteenth path. and the Greek word for truth means literally "not forgetting. The illusion persists.. yet creation involves the appearance of the Not-I. This delusion we must strangle. as we have pointed out before but the belief that it is real. god of fire. was life in the Maker. Then we shall remember who and what we really are. and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness." This is not all. the Rev. have forgotten our immortality. but a great gain. A hint of similar import is i n the Gospel of St. we have identified ourselves with the worm of the dust. R. which no human language can possibly convey.

to be a conscious channel of the cosmic creative impulse is to know the state which Hindus call Kaivalya. materialistic influence which astrology associates with Saturn." We have too much glib speech about this high attainment. the Pillars (Jachin and Boaz). from the as point of view afforded by Gematria. nothing that is conscious of separation. but the mere enumeration is by no means sufficient. To put the matter more explicitly. nothing that is out of the eternal.power. If you hope to penetrate into the profounder mysteries of the occult gnosis. 164. The suggestion is that the Constituting Intelligence is one of close union with the Life-Power. at this stage of initiation the aspirant so identifies himself with the Solar Logos that no shadow. now that Eastern Wisdom has been translated into our daily speech. you must ponder these details. is here the test. of Mercy and Severity. Even a little real thought about it soon shows us that it should inspire in us a profound awe. Thus the third letter of 75n~n. How lightly. that he who can master the currents of the Astral Light becomes the depositary even of the power of God." is connected with the restrictive. Yet he who would really be a conscious creator must so stand. the pillars of the Tree of Life. In the meantime let us consider the word t7a~)3 a whole. Thus the second letter of MOMID. Creation begins at a point where there is nothing other than the creator. All this is set forth in the symbolism of THE HERMIT. who is the perpetual sacrifice." lir7n. That is. How few in any generation can grasp the meaning of the injunction in Light on the Path: "Stand alone and isolated. isolation. of the sense of separateness sullies his consciousness. and this letter is represented in the Tarot by the DEVIL. wherein the last vestige of the false personality is eradicated. is explained by the Tarot picture of the like HANGED MAN. can aid you. Ayin. knows himself to be one with the Great Within whence all that is manifested and external proceedings. but all for the Self. and realizes in himself the union of positive and negative. one with the FATHER. It involves what the world misinterprets as sacrifice. This is why he must first pass through the sixteenth path. It is the SON. one must identifl himself with the SON. of something external which is the object of that power's mental contemplation. the Solar Logos (see lesson 4). "ye shall cleave. In other words. and 077au. the first. The last letter of tSavalooks ahead to the path we have yet to consider in this lesson. We point out these correspondences to assist you in your meditation. understood as the support (pillars) of existence. To do nothing for self. We who know only a little about this stage of unfoldment can but faintly imagine what the actual experience is like. vividly identifies himself with the great Heart of Life. By traversing this path the aspirant to the Grade of Magus associates himself mentally with the cosmic sacrifice. external. the aspirant to the Grade of Magus. does one hear this isolation spoken of. Again. passing through the fifteenth path. corresponds to wpmn. so that one must go back to the state of the Lesser Adept to traverse it. even. Levi says. earnestly desiring further illumination. Its numeration. Thus he unifies his being with the current of the cosmic creative impulse. it is a state of perfect equilibrium. but . and as proceeding from that Self at the heart of all being. The origin of the fifteenth path is in Tiphareth. The least tinge of personal motive vitiates the seeker's endeavor to utilize the cosmic creative energy. What it means will be explained in due course. in which the manifested cosmos is seen as external to the Self. because nothing that is embodied. you recall. Again. "the eye.

We might as well stop deluding ourselves. Every attempt to abstract our attention from the illusions of the external. and unlike the two paths preceding. instead of knowing about it. This. Our poor words cannot convey to you the grandeur of the ultimate realization. We say this. and therefore by birthright creators. after all. One way is to cavil at its length and difficulty. The path joins Binah to Chokrnah. Of those who understand the theory. Why. the Root of Water to the Root of Fire. The Path may seem long and wearisome. Moreover.n7a. we shall 1:ruly know it. is one of the main purposes of these lessons. Scientists of the physical world are like children playing with toys. light. because our lives are inseparable from the One Life and share its potencies. Boundless it extends on every hand. For him there is naught but the true Self. should we be concerned with these far-off achievements? Simply because we must make a beginning sometime. two Hebrew words are concealed in -r7nua. Venus. the Self which is ALL. Luminous. yet they may serve to bring you the good news of your certain destiny. The other is to look upon every step as part of the goal itself. then. These words correspond to no actuality of' our sense-experience. thinking of it as something which separates us from the goal.even what dim image will prepare us for the time when. waters. we find that in Hebrew its title is lwn. every moment :spent in imaging ourselves one with the Heart of Life. not one in a thousand even begins to grasp the principles of occult science. Some of it is most plausible. Yet most of our creation is negative. its center everywhere. not one in a thousand becomes a skilled creator until after a number of incarnations. in comparison to the initiate ready to enter the Grade of Magus. or Edison. He who has reached the height of the fifteenth path sees himself alone at the center of the Great Sea of Eternal Subsistence. its circumference nowhere. One might almost think he had only to learn the fact in order to be master of the cosmic creative energy. even though we have been at some pains to show that the true Self in us is even now the Magus of the Eternal. Of those who understand the theory. It is the only path connecting the Grade of Master to the Temple with the Grade of Magus. every endeavor to stand alone. Every human being is destined sooner or later to gain that high eminence. Whenever we try to perform the least action selflessly we are in training for the post of Magus. to be sure. is attributed to a planet. One of the commonest symbols of this state is that of a great ocean. . We are creative always. is part of the realization which shall some day be ours. Yet we believe that to most readers of this lesson they will convey a great deal of significance. a rabbinical Hebrew adjective derived from TN. the Mother to the Father. and face the facts. and are meaningless unless one has known the Presence beyond personality. because we lack knowledge and skill. Coming now to the last of the three paths leading the Grade of Magus. but we may look at it in two ways. or a Steinmetz. . and 7 ~ eternity. Not one person in ten thousand even begins to grasp the principles of occult science. To reach the high altitude of attainment represented by the fifteenth path is to have gained knowledge and skill far beyond that of an Einstein. We read a deal of cheerful talk about our being sons and daughters of God.

and the rest. and have learned that it governs the generation of metal images by sub-consciousness in response to impulses and suggestions originating in the self-conscious field. and experience invariably confirms his visions. and courage turns them back on their path. is one amidst the complexity of its operations. to hold the personal mind in suspension. Fear attracts bullets. In its application to reason it in genius. for reason. because this faculty exalts the will and gives it power over the universal agent. it gives wings to contagion. when we have silenced the tumult of self-consciousness. the number of the HANGED MAN. and you will be so. "Imagination is the instrument of the adaptation of the Logos. it is the mirror of visions and the apparatus of magical life. But the seer knows with an absolute knowledge that the things he imagines are true." he writes. Imagination. can therefore be really and truly be held by means of the imagination. the first letter of ilKn is that to which the HANGED MAN is attributed. The Tarot hints at this. "If it (the chaos) be created. acting beyond itself in contemplation of that which was to come. souls. You know that its influence is dominant in a nerve-center at the throat." The adept learns to utilize the cosmic imagination by means of his passage through the fourteenth path. He says: "Imagination is actually as the eye of the soul. The light of truth traverses the one as though a crystal window. and resuscitate those who are dead. by its means we behold the reflections of the invisible world. When the surface is still it gives a clear reflection. modify the seasons. Thereby we cure diseases. Its activity is summed up n the one word. Are you exposed in battle? Believe yourself as invulnerable as Achilles. whilst that of the uninitiated is opaque. and is refracted in the other as in a vitreous mass full of scoriae and foreign matter. the chaos whence all forms proceed. Thus we find the books on Yoga defining that art as the subduing of the modifications or waves in the mind-stuff. too. Hence. 66 ff) Eugenius Philalethes (Thomas Vaughan) says that he regards the cosmic imagination as being the cause of the great ocean of primordial substance. ward off death from the living. What does this mean? Primarily that the only way in which to be sure of suing the cosmic imagination in its purity is to silence the waves of personal consciousness. and it is therein that forms are delineated and preserved. p. "Imagination determines the form of the child in its mother's womb. and producing this passive darkness for a subject to work upon in the circumference. is the reduction of XII.With the astrological meaning of Venus you are by now thoroughly familiar. Likewise. for 111. "The things which contribute most to the errors of the vulgar and the extravagances of the insane are the reflections of depraved imaginations in one another. like genius. "I conceive it the effect of the Divine Imagination. which they compare to a lake. Here we may again refer to Eliphas Levi. the . but the imagination of the adept is diaphanous. It may be employed safely be none who has not surrendered himself to the direction of the Higher Self. the number of the Empress. Demons." (Mysteries of Magic. and points the weapons of warfare. says Paracelsus.

An hour of Beethoven and Liszt and Brahms tires him less than the beginner's half-hour of Koehler or Czerny. The HERMIT. to say nothing of Kether. He plays difficult passages with little effort. That is all. but you follow it down here in Malkuth every time you make an effort to stand aside and let the cosmic imagination work through you. Paradoxical as it sounds. you will pause a moment to reflect that all the imagination you can put into it is an expression of the universal image-making power. Hours of practice have made the mu:scles of the artist obedient to his will. Detachment is necessary.. at the difficulty of the work. The second letter of iwa brings out another phase of the state of mind called Luminous. as said Jlesus. unobstructed. but what can be written in a few words takes several life-times to accomplish. constituting. and the event will justi@ :your confidence. and actually finds them easier to execute than the five-finger exercises with which he began. this is eternally true. His years and lives of practice have made the most dificult problems easier for him than the ordinary routine of the average man's life. You will have more confidence in the successful issue of your undertaking. the task will go more smoothly." The third letter of iwn is the same as the fourth of tyaua. So it is with an adept. he appears to have miraculous powers. We may sign. If. To utilize the Lurnirious Intelligence. but try to lift a little or the heavy Karma of the world. symbols of patience. far above the others who toil . in ways which dumbfound all beholders. but also a great and ever-increasing delight. The aspirant for the post of Magus must be more than Master of the Temple. Aleph is the Ox. and its primary significance is derived from the fact that oxen are beasts of burden. Then do you enter into a partnership of joy. and the beginning of the work is precisely the kind of self-training which has been explained in this course. one must become a partner with the cosmic life. He who succeeds in this undertaking does so by prolonged practice in concentration and meditation. although he stands alone. Yet such an adept always says. We find an illustration of this in the art of piano-playing. whenever you have something tcl do. whose souls are in profound gloom. and has been explained on the preceding pages." By stopping the modifications of the personal mind-stuff he lets the light of the Divine Imagination shine through. Do you seek something more immediately applicable to your present problems? Well. Blame them not -. and is able to manipulate the chaos. whatever it is. identification with the illusions of appearance -. which brings indeed terrible toil and profound sadness.the attitude of an initiate approaching the Grade of Magus is indicated by the admonition: "Let the darkness within help you to understand the helplessness of those who have seen no light.. "Of myself I can do nothing.all that partakes of these must be extirpated from the consciousness of the Magus. He rnust be ready consciously to assume his share of the burden of creation. give your aid to the few strong hands that hold back the powers of darkness from obtaining complete victory. In the words of Light on the Path. living as do the brutes and the uninitiated is really a thousand times harder. It is easier to live the life of the adept than the life of the profane.shrink not from them. When he succeeds. Seeking for results. or root-matter. it may help you to remember that when you studied the Tree of Life you learned that every Sephirah contaiins a whole Tree in miniature. You may be far from traversing the fourteenth path in Tiphareth.Luminous Intelligence of the cosmic mind can be reflected by and through our personal liver. Thus you will continually be adding little acts of practice to the store which will eventually bring you to adeptship. but the truth is. sometimes. Yet this detachment is unselfish.

represented in the Tarot by the 19th Key. We do not mean to say that the Masters may not see far into the future.upward. Obeying perfectly.rv. great schemers and planners. Let none misunderstand us. Many adepts who are comparatively well known to occultists are. Let your exercises in general follow the pattern laid down in earlier lessons.rv. used in pronouncing 717 but slurred. It is Resh. This conclusion. far below this exalted height of attainment. of course. The last letter of ivNa sums up all these that have gone before.~>N . That of Exempt Adept is 5 ~ That of Lesser . Send us . begin by intoning the name D'. your interpretation of VRIHL. spelling of Uriel. letter of the Sun. What we mean is that they do not make personal plans. thus: . The correspondences to m n by Gematria are 1qu. is really actively cooperating with them. and is the key to the Luminous Intelligence. as one may see from the earnestness of his downward gaze. he shall in no wise enter therein.rY71. We hear a great deal in these days about the Masters of the Wisdom. The Divine Names of the Grades of Exempt Adept and Lesser Adept may be intoned at the beginning of your meditation on the sixteenth and fifteenth paths. is not according to the teaching of the Ageless Wisdom. the noun for a sort of slender fir or cedar from which masts were made. in the human sense. n n 5 are both pronounced and given their notes on page 33). that they are so perfectly concentrated that neither past nor future enters into their calm consideration of the thing to be done now. because their whole training has made them so exquisitely responsive to the direction of the cosmic superconsciousness that every moment of their lives is a perfect obedience to spiritual law. . about their wondefil knowledge and powers. r l 5 ~ For the fourteenth path. Childlikeness is the test of mastership.rl. The intensity of the initiate's consciousness that he is truly the Eternal Child of the Eternal Father is the measure of his understanding and the root of his wisdom. We have been told again and again that the Masters are of the Patanjali School. respectively. Adept is nu71 . The conclusion of the meditation on ~ each path may be the intonation of the Divine Name Jah. This.r7 (.") Qabalists call Uriel the archangel of h i the North and of the element of Earth. knowing the outcome of many currents of activity whose end is not perceived by ordinary human beings. may not be prophets among prophets. is true of none but Masters in the highest Grades. one (Compare VRIHL with the )J of Lytton's "Corning Race. carrying the suggestion of uprightness. and ?. however. with the descending cadence from F to C. but his name is commonly spelt ~ N T ~ K AVRIAL. worked out with the help of the Tarot. they achieve perfect results." said Jesus.r' and 71. about their moulding of their affairs of nations. From all this we are often led to the conclusion that they must be men of great foresight. that they have no need for plotting out a scheme for future action. "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child. and is concerned only with their progress. though they are far ahead of us beginners on the way. He holds up a light for their guidance. All that a Master of the Wisdom endures and practices in his long training has the one object of enabling him to lead the planless life. It follows that they are unconcerned about results. by their own statements.rl.

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. as a lion. is in the Grade of Lesser Adept. "middle. in Kether. that of the letter Gimel. . = "Unity" is n i . in Tiphareth.) sun. and it is the Fohat of Theosophical writers (See Section B) nini?. Of the words corresponding by Gematria to this number. The full name of the thirteenth path is ninm 13." has been explained in part. viz. "a conclusion.B. a decree. It is the ONE THING "whence all proceed by adaptation. that the supreme attainment is rather by the grace of favor of God than as the result of the aspirant's personal efforts. on the Way of Return. What is here intended to be conveyed is that this particular aspect of the Life-power. As a clue to the meaning of alchemy.r n ~ 419 = n3u (Serpent). you will sooner or later perceive that the work of the thirteenth path must be closely related to the alchemical operation called "sublimation." By letter it is symbolized as the serpent-power.. by the symbolism of the Tarot. The name usually given to the thirteenth path. i. r n ~ hobserve that . Yet it must be clearly understood that this grace or favor is not capriciously extended.inn Stone of the Wise Stone of Knowledge Sun of Wisdom Sun of Knowledge nn. the interpretation of the High Priestess in Section B. an enactment. is another correspondence to 108.im. Ehben. represented in the Tarot by Strength. and PK.The Perfect Stone This lesson deals with a single path. to favor. lf you will give a little time to considering the meaning of these four names. Conductive. It suggests an idea often mentioned by the sages. to bestow.7n. and hints at the secret of equilibration utilized by the Lesser Adept during his journey up this path to Kether." suggests the fulfillment of the Divine Intention by this final stage of the aspirant's journey on the Way of Return to the Supreme Goal. Conductive Intelligence of Unity. Stone are identical by Gematria. a poetical name for the . x9. Its completion is in the Grade of Ipsissimus. The beginning of this path.e. It also refers to the position of the thirteenth pat on the Middle Pillar of the Tree of Life.ran. which may be represented by the following words: n i n m p~ nut7 1~ n1aX-m .. Finally.i x w n is the number 532. the name of the ninth letter.i znn (N. As preparation for study. God does not grant it to some and withhold it from others. It should be realized that his grace inheres in the inmost nature of the Life-power. and the remarks on the number 108 in Section C. 'm. Another correspondence to 108 is pn. In Hebrew.i1a. review the attributions to Gimel in Section A. rather than the personal endeavors of the aspirant. The unity here designated is by no means a colorless abstraction." The completion of that work is the confection of that which may be called . is what brings about the final attainment of the Crown. for the performance of the miracles of the One.

as you learned in Lesson 1. When the work of this path is completed. Stone of Knowledge. note that the place of nu7. The true magician and alchemist knows how to apply these laws of cyclic motion. are principIes identical with those revealed in the science of astronomy. The Short Lexicon of Alchemy appended to A. The Matter is simply purified from the adulterations of heterogeneity -. Masloth. In connection with the latter name. especially as part of the Way of Return. As we know it here on earth. the path of the moon. It is the serpent-power represented by the letter Teth. On this account the thirteenth path is said to be the Conductive Intelligence of UNITY. in accordance with these laws." teaches that the same law which keeps the stars in place is manifest in all activity. sphere of the sun. or more correctly. ONE and ALONE.midway bebween Chokrnah and Binah. and then maintaining it separated from its caput mortuurn. everywhere. even if we dared claim that we possess it).from the semblances of diversity which it presents to us in its ordinary manifestations. gives this definition of sublimation: " ~ u b l i k t i o n the purification of the Matter by means of dissolution and reduction of the same is into its constituents. having full comprehension of the principles of cyclic motion which are exemplified in astronomy. In simple truth this means that the Magus perfomls the Great Work by divesting the serpent-power of all appearances of Many-ness. and is itself. Da'ath. Therefore ptt = . "highways of the stars. Indeed. and hinder its operation.'' The Matter. As we climb the Tree of Life. the One Energy which presents itself to our senses in the innumerable forms we call "objects" is directly experienced as ONE. many of the seeming marvels accomplished by adepts are based upon control of interatomic energy. To traverse it. one must be a Magus. To understand it aright is to possess true wisdom. on the Tree of Life is on the thirteenth path. which has the name mjoa. its deliverance from the bonds which bind it. so that we may change base metal into gold. but its subtilization and purification from all earthly and heterogeneous parts. applying the Hermetic axiom. which have to do with the constitution of atoms. through its correspondence to Gimel. at the point where the fourteenth path crosses it -. Waite's translation of the Hermetic Writings of Paracelsus. so often referred to in these pages.ipx.e. Philosophers' Stone) or nu7. Stone of the Wise (i. the Matter is solar force. It is not the forcing of the Matter to the top of the vessel. we therefore apply the . Knowledge. we may say (although it would be extremely unwise to give specific information. The discoveries of modem science confirm this ancient doctrine -. Yogis call it Kundalini.ran.E. Observe that it is not forced to rise. for in this statement is to be found an important key to the whole work. this path begins in Tiphareth. Hence the Grade of Magus corresponds to Chokmah." The principle of cyclic motion is fundamental in the cosmos. "That which is below is as that which is above. Alchemists agree that the Great Work which results in the perfection of the Stone is an operation of the sun and moon. To make the Stone of the Wise. imparting to it a degree of perfection not previously possessed. To this idea the thirteenth path relates.either n1rnn:l ptt. The Ageless Wisdom. is the Astral Light of Eliphas Levi. The Stone and the sun are two aspects of one reality. The principles of this control.particularly those discoveries. Section A.

sphere of Saturn. the Great Work makes the Sun of Wisdom rise." The Will expressed in the thought. the Father.Father.. . no matter how strenuous they may seem to other people. "The Father >N hath life . so the Qabalists teach. then. by letting the universal life-energy flow fieely through a personality cleansed fiom all sense of separateness. Such a man can make gold. if he needs to. "I have meat to eat ye know not of. Furthermore. nor does he possess a sufficient command of the Life-Force. perfects the Stone of the Wise. sphere of the sun." is far fiom being an exaggeration. because one who has not attained to that Grade does not know the secret of True Will. which Qabalists attribute to Chokmah. in complete identification with the One Life. because >N. On the contrary. a title of Tiphareth. represents concrete. that when we are actually doing the Will of the Father. wherein Binah xa7x provides the specific understanding of concrete application.. Jesus expressed the mystery of True Will when He said. For True Will and . Mother. His personality is an unobstructed vehicle for the perfectly regulated operation of the Life-Power. The operation must be a Magus. definite applications of the principles of Chokmah. Thus the powers of a Magus (Chokrnah) and a Master of the Temple (Binah) are conjoined in an operation which begins from the level of the seemingly inferior Grade of Lesser Adept (Tiphareth). True as it is that the Stone of the Wise effects a transmutation of consciousness. is a Qabalistic title of Chokmah. This is the cosmic Life-force which Jesus personified as "Father. really feeds us. are both realized in Chokmah. 72." using the very name." He openly declared that what is hinted at time and again in occult writings. universal vital energy. It is a work wherein Chokmah >X supplies the mathematical knowledge of principles. the Life-Force.Son. alludes to the idea of beauty which must qualifL these concrete aims. and this they indicate by the last two letters of ]>N.Chiah. His personal consciousness is lost. We are not fatigued by our endeavors. work that is an expression of True Will vitalizes us. and following the Secret Wisdom also in his saying. we must have some specific object. In brief. To make use of these principles of cyclic motion. xaw. fills us to overflowing with abundance of power. p. The knowledge whereby this is brought about is represented by the first two letters of 71x. word. AB. as do we. which form the word p. our work is not labor.13n.knowledge which Qabalists attribute to Chokmah. He knows it. and wherein Tiphareth p contributes the motive of beauty. and the ancient Rosicrucian declaration that the Brothers of the Order have at their disposal "more gold than both the Indies bring to the King of Spain. "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me. and to accomplish his work. a name of Binah. This title. And when we speak of this transmutation. this object must aim at some realization of beauty. so that the base metal of sense-illusion is transformed into the pure gold of spiritual knowing. and action of a Magus is not personal. It is the resistless impulse of the eternal. He does not believe it.r3n in himself.is by Gematria equal to xnw. we are by no means using purely figurative expressions. Stone. He does nothing of himself. Hence we find Jesus saying." A Magus does not infer this. swallowed up. He does not hold it as a conviction. In truth. viz. it is also true that one who has that consciousness gets with it a command of physical forces which enable him to alter the structure of atoms. the life-fore in every human being is identical with the energy of the One Life.

he hears always. or from the vantage-ground of a Master of the Temple. therefore.) Thus the title of the sixth path hints Qabalistically that the Sonship of Man makes him heir to the powers of the Elohim. He knows that the mightiest of his works are simply demonstrations of unchanging law. with the aid of the corresponding Tarot Keys. the Son. and so harmonized his least actions that whatever he does he says.that sevenfold body. suggesting the tenfold expression of ~ 7 8=45. described in the Fama Fraternitatis. is a conscious expression of the inexhaustible power of the ALL. Whether his physical body wakes or sleeps." because he lives only to express the perfect rhythms of the ALL ." Having. unchecked by the illusions and ignorance of personal consciousness. To himself it is quite otherwise. The initial processes of his undertaking depend upon mental powers peculiar to that Grade. Bear in mind. To other men he seems to have extraordinary foresight. The Fruit of the Tree is 12. He knows that he wills nothing but what the Father wills. When they do not call him a prophet. As corresponding to the High Priestess.His least action. that the letter-name. but from the relatively simple realization of Sonship does he proceed. ?a?. To human eyes he seems to perform miracles. Yet he begins this final operation of placing himself in the Grade of Lesser Adept. He seems to have developed a tremendous personal will. the first book issued by the Rosicrucians in 16 14. He knows that he has not a jot or title of power peculiar to himself. Elohim. To traverse the thirteenth path is to read the scroll of cosmic memory. and lteeps his feet upon the true path . I judge. is 10 x 45. and always obeys. and his one rule of action is that of Jesus. is by Gematria equivalent to znm. too. YDV= 450 = YY ?13. and also by the seven-sided vault.guided by an understanding which foresees and forewarns. The Hebrew is 5723 YDV. letter by letter.rh. 450. in beginning his last advance along the Way of Return. This indicates that the thirteenth path has a close correspondence to the specific powers developed in the consciousness of the aspirant of attaining the Grade of Magus. therefore. they imagine that he is a most careful planner. but the Great Pyramid. "I am doing nothing. Not merely in times of stress and trial is he aware of the Inner Voice. symbolized in ancient architecture by Babylonian temples of seven stories. Fruit of the Tree. (You should study it.the Magus is duly and truly prepared to essay the last stage of the (Great Work. Not frorn the point-of-view of a Magus. identified himself with the Pure Source of all life. . Its number. Man. As a matter of fact. He seems to have powers not possessed by other men. . His starting-point is the mode of consciousness called Intelligence of Mediating Influence. The difference between a Magus and other men is that the All-Power flows through his life into external expression. which has a vertical axis of seven units.. and of the equilibration of the affirmative and negative aspects of the Life-Power represented by the twin pillars depicted in that Key. he lives a planless life. he is guided moment by moment by the clear direction of true Intuition. 5722 = 86 = o?. Chokmah. 5721 is a formula for the powers of the Elohim. As Master of the Temple. "As I hear. the path of Gimel is predominantly a path of recollection. The idea is similar to that suggested by the symbols of the Hanged Man. Such a man is Master of the Temple of Spirit -.

He must be fixed in union with the One Life. together with the elimination of everything superfluous. (Mem and the Hanged Man). ~ It is said that there are ten degrees of this Grade in each of the four worlds. eliminate all sense of personal action. as has been said. a state which presents outwardly the aspect of profound trance. His faith in his Sonship must be firmly established. it is therefore feminine. The aspirant must also. knowing full well that what we write will fall short of the truth. just ten human beings in whom this realization of Kether is perfected. my very Self. It is also said that here on the physical plane (in Asiah. another the realization of Kether in Yesod. "unity. but he must also have established that faith by works. The Latin word Ipsissimus indicates by its form what we might call the superlative degree of selfhood.As the scroll must be read by unrolling it in reverse order. These are works whereby the power of Ruach (here understood as Imagination) have been controlled and directed.all in Atziluth. Kether of Chesed.it7n3." Thus the Grade title agrees with the Qabalists' attribution of . What this mastery really is cannot be put into intelligible language. the Magus begins his journey upward." The feminine construction shows that although the I AM is one and alone. or receptacle. no slightest trace of pride of power can be mixed with his realization that his personality is absolutely and unconditionally dependent upon the ALL. adequate description would be impossible here. "I. Kether of Tiphareth. Kether of Binah. Qabalists indicate this realization by 777n7. at any one time. it is also conceived in the Ageless Wisdom as the vehicle for 1 1 710 I7N. The goal of the thirteenth path is Kether.. In this condition of self-surrender. Kether of Geburah. It represents the highest possible realization of the meaning of I AM. because neither the writer of these pages nor those for whose instruction they are intended have reached the Grade of Magus. Thus we may reckon forty distinct degrees of this one realization which Rosicrucians call Ipsissimus. read in reverse. Kether of Netzach. We can only do our best to pass on what reports have reached us from Those who have made the journey." which means. up to Kether in Kether. These ten human beings are said to be the Secret Chiefs of the ten sections of the True and Invisible . the Crown. Kether of Chokrnah. and Kether of Malkuth -. that is) there are. indicate the steps of the Magus' progress upward along this path. Kether of Hod. that is: Kether of Kether. and so on. so do the letters of ?a?. the feminine form of 77n7.As vehicle. All these practices are aimed at the equilibration of the conflicting elements of personal consciousness. and a like tenfold expression in Briah. Kether of Yesod.the Self (the Atma of Hindu philosophers) to Kether. The Rosicrucian Grade corresponding thereto is called "Ipsissimus. In no other way can perfect mastery of the powers of the cosmic subconsciousness be developed. Even if this were possible. He must not only believe himself to be a veritable Son of the Elohim. Yetzirah and Assiah. One has the perfect realization of Kether in Malkuth. High as are his attainments in comparison with ours.

This statement. Before beginning practice to this end. to call attention to the fact that this Rootless Root concentrates the Limitless Light." so to say. and always.It is mentioned merely to give some idea of the constitution of the occult hierarchy. vibrates the "wave-length. This number has many important connotations in the Ageless Wisdonn. For from that august Being Whose consciousness is the 7-r1n7of Kether of Kether in Atziluth. Begin with the final letter Lamed. and Justice. however. then. The first step in practice is to meditate upon the three letters of the corresponding word Gimel." Tath. The main point to be considered now is that 37 is the number of 771n3. too. "Before Abraham was. and consists of persons whose basic development corresponds to that Sephirah. that this Primordial Point is a center of exvression. "root. the more shall we find ourselves able actually to draw upon the illimitable resources of this inexhaustible treasure. however. however. is written with two Taus. Sheresh. The root of manifestation. the Profbse ~ the Giver. boundary-setting phase of the Life-Power symbolized by Saturn. Zal." He sees. this is not the place to discuss them. With Jesus. down through the hierarchy. the true I AM of every human personality is ZIIWKT 7771. The more. If you tune in. These ten are the Heads of the Outer Hierarchy of the Order. It is also the exhaustless root of all ability to give. but Again. equivalent by Gematria to WiW. After this use Gimel and the High Priestess. that the true Self. 3 3 71 in connection with the corresponding Tarot Keys. Tath is 800. in other words. Each section of the Order corresponds to a Sephirah.Rosicrucian Order on the physical plane.the Self. is important is that you yourself may gain a flash of this high perception. Limitless Light. is the eternal center of creative activity. I AM. Then take the letter Mem and the Hanged Man. Now. In it is concentrated the limitless expanse of 1 1 710 I ~ K . a specialization of itself. What. or rather with the idea she symbolizes. or I AM. but there is no real difference in the teaching itself. and in so concentrating. The terms here used differ superficially from those familiar to readers of Theosophical literature. of this supreme realization. Nequdah Rashunah. is a self-limitation of the Limitless Light. This information. can be of little more than academic interest to readers of these pag. fix in mind the fact that in meditating on the Great Self you are by no means indulging in a flight of fancy or abstract speculation. Tath Zal. after all. therefore. Hence Kether is also named ?Tnn. as did Jesus. the Primordial Point whence all manifestation proceeds. The mental result achieved by this exercise is an approximation to the most veritable reality. should not be interpreted as meaning that only ten persons now incarnate have attained to the Grade of Ipsissimus in the World of Assiah.es. is 37. he declares. sets up the double activity of that restrictive. The wise man sees. The I AM is not only a center of expression. Loose all sense of personal identity in your realization that . the Original Source whence comes every supply. that we train ourselves in realization of the I AM. What has been said is that there are but ten in whom this realization is perfected. L/T. Here observe that nn. you will receive so much of it as you can bear. Not upon anything else does the Magus ever depend.

Here. Realize also that the center is absolutely still. and the great Intelligence whose physical body is o w day-star has an actual directive power in human life. We are physical children of the sun. fire comes as near the reality as anything. In like manner meditate upon Tau and the World. intone the Divine Name. Success in this meditation will bring results that cannot be described." which means "Existence-Knowledge-Bliss. as given earlier in Section C. and visualize the color of the thirteenth path. save that they are summed up in the Hindu phrase. take the word letter by letter. When you have finished with Kaph and the Wheel of Fortune. as follows: Then see yourself at the center of a sea of white brilliance. Of the fbrther results it is not l a d l to speak. Eheyeh. Before meditating upon the letters and Tarot Keys corresponding to Gimel." May your faithhl practice bring you speedily to this Supreme goal. The latter is a symbol of the whirling motion (Rashith Ha-Galgalim) which begins in Kether. See this white radiance whirling out from the center. remember that the force which carries you up to the Crown is the universal electric energy specialized for human beings in the solar radiance. Then proceed with the meditation on the letters.r7. and While you meditate upon 1 and the Sun.n?~t . "Sat-Chit-Ananda. The little "self' will be lost for the time in the Great Self. nun .every element of personal existence is really an expression of the power she symbolizes . White. too. sound the key-note. into infinity. with the Tarot Keys. cold. beginning with i ending with 3. n9. After this. Remain in this particular phase of the meditation until you feel that your whole being is charged with the electric fire of the sun. .the power of cosmic consciousness. and upon Kaph and the Wheel of Fortune. meditate upon the letters and Keys of the word Kether. We find this dificult to describe. From this meditation you may pass to a similar meditation on the word in2. We may always find profit in reminding ourselves that in the Great Work we are by no means dealing with metaphysical abstractions. At the same time see yourself surrounded by the golden radiance of the sphere of the Sun. At the commencement of the period of meditation. continue by intoning the Divine Name. which is your real Self.rrt.rl.

Section D Esoteric Secrets of Magic .

Thus the force named is the secret force by the mastery of which magical effects are produced. uses this term in several technical senses. the power which completely controls Maya or l'N is NOW. Max Mueller. at least. at this very moment." I use the present tense deliberately and with a careful regard for exact expression. until the Life-Power Itself has ripened you to understanding. and yet it is not unreal. but Shankara. I despair of finding words to make you understand. I do not say. free to exercise its unlimited creative." The practice of magic is the art of determining the forms and shapes which shall be taken in the outer world by this veil of Reality. It is nothing that is real. It is absolutely indescribable. that when I say "are produced. "By means of which magicians have produced . In this sense Maya is neither a thing nor a being nor a quality. and Maya. and it is now. and the ability of human beings to practice this art is derived from the fact that the undifferentiated vower which Oabalists call I'N is eternally present in every human life." This definition reflects common opinion accurately enough. It is for this reason that 1.s is called the first y of the Absolute.The Secret Force Webster's dictionary defines magic as "the art. or Nature) is Maya (Magic). a present reality in your life. Not only this. identifies Maya with magic. echoing their Hindu brothers who call Maya "the veil of illusion which hides the Real. As we understand it. In a word. In other words. Considered as the principle of self-determination. in expounding the Vedanta. for he translates a passage from the Hindu sacred texts as follows: "Purusha (the SELF) is the Mayin (Magician) and Prakriti (Matter. as the power by which the Absolute concentrates itself at a particular point within its own subsistence. preservative and transforming command of the veil of illusion thorough which it makes itself manifest. or body of arts. The exact derivation of the noun "magic" is in doubt. too. and always. The modification is slight but important. e J i I may seem to be taking you up to a point where the atmosphere is very thin indeed. magic is the art which produces effects by mastery of secret forces in nature. this particular sense of the Sanskrit term Maya corresponds exactly to the Hebrew conception denoted by the Qabalistic use of the word lx. It is commonly thought to be of Persian origin. but the Absolute Subsistence of which 1'K is the veil is eternally present. or by a mastery of secret forces in nature. and to have come from the name of the "Magi" & priestly caste of the Zoroastrian religion. No-Thing. and that force is precisely the "power of becoming" which the Qabalists call the first veil of the Absolute. and this Absolute Subsistence is absolutely free with reference to it. if you are to understand what we mean by magic. Yet I must. but we must modifjr if a little before it will serve to define what we mean by Magic. which pretends or is believed to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings or departed spirits. Yet it is completely under the control of the Absolute Subsistence. great. for example. The whole practice of the art depends upon a knowledge of the force we are using. the word is used to denote the absolute potentiality of the whole cosmic self-expression that is to be. but is not yet." Ordinarily Maya means illusion. Certainly the word comes from Asia and probably it has a close affinity with the Sanskrit terms Mahat.

I conceive it the effect of the Divine Imagination. is altogether impossible. The same thought has been revived within very recent times in the excellent . and that in itself only. that the 1~ which makes something out of nothing is not a work within you. the separation of several substances from the same mass: but in the first place I shall examine that Limbus or huddle of matter wherein all things were so strangely contained. "May the words be as enlightening as the experience they express. but makes an eternal beginning as a craving. or merely a desirous seeking. I must confess the point is obscure as the thing itself." I do not write. that this sluggish empty rudiment of the creature was no created thing. be able to produce magical effects. For the nothing is a craving after something. whose species also was so remote from anything now existent that it is impossible for fancy to apprehend. and there is nothing that can give it anything. acting beyond itself in contemplation of the which was to come. by Jacob Boehme. that is. and producing this passive darkness for a subject to work upon in the circumference. only I know that no word can convey the meaning of that experience. when you learn how. Out of this craving is projected the boundless Chaos concerning which another adept. neither has it any place where it can find or repose itself. IS the secret force by the mastery of which magical effects ARE produced. As I write the words on the typewriter I find myself banging the keys. you will know what I am only trying to say. Notice that Boehme speaks of the eternal beginning as a craving. concerning Maya. If it be created. It has nothing. Thomas Vaughn says: "I am come now to the gross work or mechanics of the Spirit. though this craving is also a nothing. And that is the eternal origin of Magic. indeed. Its work. except a man were illuminated with the same Light that this Chaos was at first. is what you call your life. "By means of which you will. if you do know it now.their wonderful results. New York): THE FIRST TEXT "The unbound is an eternal nothing. Here is one. If that happens. you need no words." I say that 1% which is at this moment a part of your make-up as a human being. namely. It is the opinion of some men. which makes within itself where there is nothing. which yet also is a nothing." Compare the last sentence of this quotation with what is said on page 2. to set before those who work with us some of the brightest gems out of the treasury of wisdom which has come down from the past." would be my prayer. For how can we judge of a nature different from our own. merely a will. accordingly the cra~ving itself is the giving of it. as if by that means to impress upon the stencil from which these words will be reproduced something of the clear vision of this truth that comes to me as I write. which makes some1:hing out of nothing." The eternal nothing which makes an eternal beginning is making the eternal beginning in you even now. from Jacob Boehme's MYSTERIUM PANSOPHICUM. But as there is nothing that can give anything. And the most the words can do is to raise the temperature of your mind from the heat of self-consciousness to the white heat of Superconsciousness. One of the purposes of the our curriculum is to make our affiliates familiar with the teachings of our predecessors on the Way of Return. (published in Six Theosophic Points and other Writings. and lhose learned. much more for reason to define it. Never is there a time. If you have KNOWN that the 1~ is within you. whether you wake or sleep. and to state it with sobriety. near the top of the page. Alfred Knopf.

Here it is as if the final letter of 1 ' summed up ~ the whole word. motive. reason.x is the first of the three veils by which Qabalists designate the secret force which is employed in the Magic of Light. MOTION in Hebrew is 71'1." as Vaughan says) sums up the whole creative preservative and transformative self-expression of the Life-Power. And this is definitely and unmistakably indicated for us by the Qabalistic meaning of the third letter of 1-N. controlling all the others. will each stage of the process be effective. 61. Knowing itself perfectly. or look forward to. Since the hand is a human member.1= 61. and the figure in the tens place (if the number be one of two digits) as representing the result. the self-contemplation of the Spirit must include its perception of itself as a transforming power. descending into the abyss of existence by the path of Involution. it becomes evident that any magical operation which we attempt is foredoomed to failure unless its motive or central purpose be the manifestation of some beautiful result. Due . the Life-Power must also contemplate. For besides meaning "to sprout. What all this metaphysical and Qabalistic discussion of 1-x has to do with Magic is simply this: 1. It matters a great deal. Again. all our practical work in the art must take into account the fundamental fact that the power we are seeking to direct is one whose intrinsic nature is a will. it must nevertheless be the principle at work in every change. That self-contemplation includes the idea of the primal activity or Life-Breath which is the One Force of which all others are transformations. By the Hand the House (2) is built. Consequently on the principle that to make Nature obey us we must first obey her laws. And MAN of whom the Hand is the symbol is the Life-Power's conception of Itself as evolved from lower forms of manifestation to the stage of selfrecognition.writings of the late judge Troward. just as the idea of the Divine Imagination (which is the transforming power that works in the "separation of several (particular) substances. that the name of the secret force we use in magic is NO-THING. And this creative principle is precisely what is represented by the Aleph in the word IT. by the Hand the Camel (I) is driven. who teaches that the beginning of the creative process is the self-contemplation of Spirit. which we must understand (on account of the fact that this word comes to use even in English translations from sources several centuries old) as having the now obsolete meaning of "impelling cause. we must not forget to take the hint offered by the attribution of the Path of Imaginative Intelligence to Nun. the Ancient of Days Who is the Eternal Light-Bearer for all the evolving begins on the Way of Return. It's number. a craving. And in the word I5N this second aspect of the Divine Imagination is represented by the letter YOD. an urge toward the production of beautiful results. by the HAND the Doors (7) are opened. And to the degree that all the elements in this operation are expressions of the same urge. Changeless in itself. In the Tarot it is the FOOL. its evolution. and 6 1 is the numeration of 1 ' ~ . Finally. or object aimed at. too." the letter Nun has assigned to it the Qabalistic notion expressed by the word MOTION. Thus we see that according to this interpretation of the nature of the secret force used in magic." Furthermore. may be translated as "WILL-to-BEAUTY. the HAND. Hence in the Tarot the card which represents YOD is a picture of HIM WHO STANDS ALONE. it is the special sign of MAN among the Hebrew letters. to grow." because in number symbolism we interpret the figure in the units place as being the origin of whatever process is symbolized by a number.

No matter how the different practitioners may think they accomplish their results. characteristic of Levi's ironical genius.meditation upon this will reveal to you deeper meanings than those I shall set down here. It is true that for the more elaborate forms of magical ceremonial certain accessories are used--but none of them is indispensable. If you had to get all these things before you could practice magic. and red sandal. by implic. sharp mental images of the effect he desires to produce. Now Thought and Applied Psychology. he never makes the mistake of supposing that these objects have any intrinsic magic power of their own. and whatever the particular variations of their practice." more than once. from midnight to eight in the morning. . and get results. If you will refer to your Qabalistic Dictionary.ation. with a chrysolith or ruby. the perfumes are cinnamon. you can practice it in an empty room. and I couldn't tell you what a sparrow-hawk's feathers look like. Growth and Development. Whatever the theories of the various schools. Take. the personal pronoun "I". The altar of perfumes and the tripod of sacred fire must be encircled by wreaths of laurel. the nearer does he approach that freedom from material limitations which would make it possible to carry out Eliphas Levi's instructions literally. has le. one might suppose that before one could begin the practice of the art he must first surround himself by innumerable rare and costly objects. the fact is that all of them do the same thing.arned how to form clear. The secret force is thus shown to be the power which every religion personifies as the LORD. Primarily it signifies that in the practice of the art of magic we cannot in the least be prevented from success by any lack of things. At the same time. HVN. and that is why the last letter of the Hebrew word which names this force is N. for instance. I certainly should not be trying to tell you anything about the art. strong incense." And then he continues with equally formidable lists of expensive things which are required fcbr the operations dedicated to the several days of the week. wealth. For magic includes all the procedures made familiar in these days by Christian Science. ALIK. the ring must be of gold. The more he practices magic in the right way. If you understand the laws of the art. all these mental methods for healing disease or overcoming the limitations of circumstances are really the practice of magic." whether for health or for prosperity. with tiara and bracelets of gold. the carpet must be of lion skins. One principle is always at work in these practices. Whether he knows it or not. These images or thought-forms are the patterns through which the secret force works. through my veil of words you may perhaps perceive something of the wonder of the thought. and sunflowers. or from three in the afternoon to ten in the evening. ANI. and it is certainly true that a real magician will surround himself' with the most beautiful objects that he can procure. Lord. under the number 61 you will find these words: ADVN. heliotrope. the fans of sparrow-hawk feathers. He should wjear a purple vestment. All this is an elaborate blind. But even here. Yet I have practiced what Levi calls "works of light. to thee. every successfid giver of "treatments. To read some books about magic. It is. which Qabalists associate with Imaginative Intelligence and with Change. because I never had a carpet of lion skins in my life. this passage from the seventh chapter of Eliphas Levi's Ritual of Transcendental Magic: "The magus who intends undertaking the works of light must operate on a Sunday. saffron. and the true magician does not depend upon any of these appurtenances for his results.

"to thee. moreover. are effective to the extent that they formulate the operator's realization of the nature of the force he uses. As a matter of fact. for H is the letter of Sight. if we wish them to be successful. is the word that indicates the identity between the No-Thing and what produces in your personal consciousness the feeling of "I". is only the veil or power of that Self. It calls into play every kind of mental imagery. But this. do not grasp it. the same results are NOT achieved by visualization or by "speaking the WORD." It is. This is plausible and it appeals to the instinctive dislike of hard work which besets us all. for the residuum after all grasping is an end. but near by. A well constructed magical ceremonial is therefore an exercise in auto-suggestion. because V indicates both these ideas. the tracing of combinations of lines and letters in the air. The vibratory effects of sound and rhythrmc gesture. fkthermore. and make clear and vivid the mental image of that result as an accomplished fact. and with suitable apparatus it is possible to register the vibrations of the words. or other magical "tool" which we do not understand. or whatever else may enter into a ceremonial. on paper. Thus its efficacy depends a great deal upon the operator's understanding of what he says and does. which represents all these words." These methods work. so far as the lower modes of vibration are concerned. although AN1 is the equivalent of the pronoun "I". are set up. Let us revert to the number 61. The result will be just what would happen if an adept spoke them. For whatever has name is not THAT. ." (Yet remember that neither AN1 nor AIN is that Self. And in IMAGINATION. This is that of which we are told in the Upanishads: "If thou objectest 'how should I grasp this? Pray. parchment or metals. the basic creative power by which the Self projects from the depths of its eternal Subsistence the Chaos out of which it forms a cosmos. as HVN. the employment of sounds and colors. AN1 or "I" is the veil of THAT. which is not afar off. of which external riches are but the materialization or demonstration. We all possess a vast fund of subconscious knowledge which includes perception of what many symbols mean.revealed also as a power which enters into human life.) Finally. If we use a symbol. In INTUITION and the power of correlation. Effects are certainly produced when we simply go through the motions of a ceremonial. even if we do not understand it. is the true wealth. The consideration of this fact leads to further light concerning the means employed by magicians. is none other than thy real Self. Hence the repeated injunctions of the wise as to the importance of being well grounded in theory. establish his consciousness that this force is fully able to accomplish the result aimed at. or 'speak the Word'?" is a question I hear often. we may easily set up activities out of harmony with the result we aim to produce. but their effectiveness is not so great as that of other methods. "Why go to all this trouble when you can get the same results simply by visualizing. the secret force. the use of perfumes or incense. Teach a child the correct pronunciation of a magical formula. A common objection to magical ceremonials is that they are too complicated. We have seen that as 1 working through 6 it symbolized with WILL to BEAUTY with which we must harmonize our magical operations. and "pronoun" means "name used in place of a noun". no matter whether a person knows or does not know the meaning of what he says. which makes you aware of the Self. gesture. All magical operations. for ALIK. It utilizes all the senses to build a thought-form. And in what does that wealth consist? In VISION. Right here is where the danger of dabbling in magic comes in." hints at what Jesus expressed more openly when he said: "The kingdom is within you. whether they consist in the recitation of words and phrases. the secret power which you name "I". to be sure. and which you try vainly to grasp with the self-conscious intellect.

two orthodox English clergymen. and their magical use and efficacy depends upon the fact that from the circle. This. by the passage of number into geometry. is a clue to the formation of patterns or figures which are fundamental in the cosmic expression of beauty.S. you will never be able to make the vivid mental pictures that so many New Thought teachers believe to be indispensable. or makes some other symbolic gesture.Few people are good visualizers. the line." which are recorded in the Greek of the New Testament. conscious use of these basic patterns of the cosmos. for some practical purpose. This is why we find illustrations in the dictionary. the more certain is it that you .B. too. and which are fundamental therefore in that particular manifestation of this cosmic expression which we call human art. The remarkable discoveries of these two clergymen are to be found in their books. artistic. he makes a mental pattern which is like a painting in full color. perhaps it may be well to add something concerning those great works of magic. and they have discovered that these are words of power like those used by Egyptian and Chaldean magicians. Suppose you send tive dollars to a practitioner for a prosperity treatment. whether the magician realizes the full import of what he is doing or not. and that your only immediate motive in so doing is a desire for more money. but there is undoubtedly a wish on your part to get a better adjustment of the circumstances which make up your environment. as combined in the five Platonic solids. at the same time. " When a magician traces a circle in the air. but if you are a person whose imagery is chiefly auditory. the healing miracles of Jesus. These words have been studied by T. the hexagram and such figures. whereas the simple visualization or spoken word is like a pencil sketch. perfume and significant words. That urge is the cosmic insistence upon symmetry and proportion. Ceremonial magic is a ritualistic. For it is often from healing cults which rest their practice upon Jesus' teachings. the square. pressing out into manifestation as your desire for what you hope will make your personal world more orderly-less of a chaos. To express comparatively simple ideas often requires a long series of phrases.000 words. number and geometry are always mingled. "A Preliminary Investigation of the Qabala contained in the Coptic Gnostic Books and of a Similar Gematria in the Greek Text of the New Testament. from a source which cannot be suspected of partisanship to occultism. by one brief action he formulates a suggestion which would take three times as long to put into words. The better you know what you want for money for. Each of these symbols is used in magic. are derived the fundamental principles of proportion which find expression in all beautiful forms. aimed at the production of beautiful results. he uses color." These works afford confirmation. the pentagram. Lea and F. The fact is that Jesus himself used "magic words. of the teaching which has often been mentioned in these pages. The power of these words consists in their vibratory values and in their numeration. As the Chinese proverb has it: "One picture is better than 10. When. Let us take a simple instance for illustration of this point. the Triangle. which are by no means sharp and definite. the Hexagram. that we hear these objections to ceremonial. The numeration. The power to make visual images may be developed to some extent. that the Gematria of the New Testament works itself out geometrically in the Pentagram. They show that in sacred texts language. Bond. There doesn't seem to be any particular urge to beauty in this." and "The Apostolic Gnosis. The limitations of speech are to be taken into consideration also. They show. the triangle. whether those forms be those produced by Nature or by Man. While I am on this subject. sound. the Cross and the Cube.

we aim to enable you the better to understand how the magic of the Life-Power finds expression in your thought. There is more of this sort of thing going on today than most people have any idea of. they regulate its every movement. they will begin to be practical magicians. they summoned celestial beings to do their bidding. so that they may take conscious part in those processes. the patterns that you are expressing in your everyday life.these are the things impressed upon the subconscious mind of the magician as he performs his ritual. then. Whatever makes us believe that we are using forces outside of ourselves. The purpose of all these lessons is to make you realize that living is magical. Our purpose. as to awaken o w affiliates to a realization of the truly magical processes of life. I have known many well-meaning people who have been led astray by the first of these errors. nay. Or perhaps they used ceremonials in which evil spirits were bound to carry out their behests. formulates this urge to the expression in the outer world of the Order and Beauty which the Spirit is in Itself. is not so much to teach fonllulas and rituals. you cannot even digest a meal without the working of the Life-Power through these geometrical expressions of numbers. sooner or later. For whenever a man finds out how some process in nature operates. for gaining ascendancy over the lives of others. Like the man in Moliere's play who was amazed to find that he had been talking prose all his life. By making it as clear as we can that the principal symbols of which can be seen or traced in all modes of the cosmic formal magical rituals are based upon forn~s life-expression. the points. the lines of symmetry in plant and animal life . so that he makes novel applications of the laws which he has formulated. no matter how altruistic its intention.will formulate a pattern of some specific beautifid result. The danger lies in the fact that the longer one practices this sort . Magical ceremonial. What you will learn in the here concerning magic will not give you any new power. is also black. It works to this and by using precisely the numbers and geometrical figures which the Life-Power itself employs in its cosmic self-expression. It is well to know this. When our begin consciously to realize what the Life-Power is doing through them. They supposed that when they called upon the names of angels. The use of magic for selfish ends. is black. A word or two now about the difference between White Magic and Black Magic: The distinction is in two points only. it is bound to happen. that the art of living and the art of true magic are one and the same thing. These are the numbers. and its results are invariably destructive. The first has to do with the magician's idea of what he is doing. you have been practicing magic all your days. the lines. Thus there is a sense in which your whole life is a magical ritual. for then you will find it easy to banish all the fears which may have been implanted in your mind by the silly way that some who delight to call themselves occultists (usually with the accent in the wrong place!) write and talk about magic. the curves and ellipses of planetary orbits. whatever makes us think that we depend upon anything but the exhaustless Life-Power of which we are all centers. The second is concerned with his use of his power. the points and angles of crystallization. then. speech and action. The numbers and lines of snow-flakes. They determine the formation of your body. for promoting our own good at the expense of anybody else. that this knowledge stimulates his invention. You cannot walk across a room.

where?. The principal danger. It must include an understanding of the outcome of the principles perceived by Wisdom. "Where shall we look for the magic force?" The answer has been given again and again. to improve our circumstances. The first letter is the sign of the Life-Breath. It must look forward to a definite result. and ChG. BBVA.of magic the more does the auto-suggestion sink in that the operator is not able to do his works by the power of the Life within him. and I is not only the symbol of the constructive and formative powers of Man. The Qabalistic technical term which denotes the particular aspect of this No-Thing utilized in rnagic is AVD. but must depend upon the assistance of other beings. beneficent quality of the Life-Power. . to extend the circle of our influence is not always black. The error lies in the supposition that any of us is qualified to judge his brother or sister. Thus his practice intensifies his sense of separateness instead of overcoming it. must be an expression of the Will-to-Good. perhaps. then. (From this. Trying to influence people by occult means "for their own good" is a subtle form of evil magic." The third is the sign of the Venus ray. it must express ow perception of cosmic principled (Wisdom) in some specific way. Finally. It is by no means selfish to use magic to make ourselves free from disease. In your Qabalistic dictionary you will find (under the number 11) that AVD corresponds to the following words: AI. But it seems necessary to say that the use of this power to help ourselves. (aramaic) gold. but its ultimate results are always disastrous. and must link up that Wisdom with a perception of the wolrking of the self-imparting. must utilize the Wisdom which finds expression in the sphere of the highways of the stars. From the same point of view the second letter. the No-Thing. where? suggests the inquiry. represents the balance between Wisdom and Mercy. It flourishes in these days among people who have found out that thought and feeling can be transferred telepathically.) Examine this word Qabalistically. DHB. Even the letters of the word are a clue to it. however. For A is the symbol of the cosmic Life-Breath. because it is the letter assigned to the 1lth Path of the Tree of Life. AI. Reichenbach derived his term. Odic Force. corresponding to the 16th Path. It is hardly necessary to enter into details into selfish uses of magic power. These mistaken persons do not see that it is really more selfish to refkse to use every available means to prolong the period of'their services to humanity. Od or Aud. The second is the conjunction "and. to increase our consciousness of supply so that we shall not fall in debt. is the tendency to fall into the error of thinking that a cerem~onial itself accomplishes the result. Our use of magic. when?. while the final letter is that of the path which joins Wisdom and Understanding. or in other ways to increase our ability to be of service to others. expressing itself in human consciousness as love and as artistic adaptation of external conditions by action rooted in creative imagination. More than one sincere and earnest student of the occult has died because he would not use magic for self-healing. From another point of view the first letter stands for the balance of Will and Wisdom. circularity of form or motion. We may avert this danger by reminding ourselves again and again that every operation is effective because it concentrates and directs the One Power whose veil is y~t.

which corresponds to IW. "You have found it now. which will be devoted to a consideration of the meaning of the Magic Circle.the children in South Africa who were playing with diamonds. Observe that the first two are the metals which are the best conductors of electricity. And for this reason every magical ritual is performed within a circle. Silver and Quicksilver. "Where shall we find the magic force?" Nowhere else but HERE. representing circularity of form or motion indicates a most important fact about the magic force. Luna and Mercury are the alchemical terms for Copper. ChG. one that I am asked. and the third to Mercury. in that it is a symbol of wealth. for your magic power. The path of B balances the path of A. BBVA. the second to a sign ruled by the Moon. Look to the one Life-Breath. but thought they were just ordinary stones. you may be like the farmer's children in Russell Conwell's story . the result would be as follows on the next page: Finally. Awaken to its wonderful possibilities. We hope in this course of lessons to change all that. if you were to diagram these two words by placing them in their proper paths on the Tree. It moves in cycles. in one form or another almost every day. while the path of D is common to both words. or the realization of the true nature of Will. and there is nothing you cannot achieve. you are using the force employed in the magic of light. Thus it is like HVN. DChB is an interesting word because it conceals an alchemical secret. so to say. and the path of Ch balances the path of V. right where we are at this very point in space. look within. . At this very moment you are making use of it." Not in some distant future. And the whole word means gold. it comes back to its starting-point. expressed as Will. True. The first letter is attributed to Venus. when? indicates the other question. but at this moment as you read these lines. It is interesting also because on the Tree of Life it corresponds to Paths which balance those corresponding to the letters AVD. Thus. its wheels. In other words. Of this I shall speak at some length in the next lesson. Venus.but it also represents the Intelligence of Will. "When shall I find this power?" To this question the answer is.

n KETHER The Crown 18 I 16 0 c h v (1) (n) GEBURAH Severity CHESED Mercy FIGURE 1A .

ShMSh (or ChMCh) Names of 7th Sephira. 10. NVGH Names of the 8th Sephira. in Hebrew characters. ChSD. ALHIM GBVR. more than 45 words are required. 24. i > Levanah. 32. MSLVTh Names of 3rd Sephira. 3. LBNH. 15. 38. RTzlAL. and it is also the number of P7K. ShDI AL ChI.The Magic Circle Ceremonial magic is always performed within a circle. KMAL. KRVBIM. is the number of the extension of 9. IH. 3 1. 22. 39. 42. MLKIM. TzPQIAL. ARALIM. BNI ALHIM. Ehieh. n . 7. 23. we read: "This is the form of the magical circle of King Solomon. beginning at . AHIH. This magical circle is to be made 9 feet across. or Lesser Key of King Solomon. 29. 43. AL. RPAL. 28. the which he made that he might preserve himself against the malice of these Evil Spirits. Most of these names you have encountered in previous lessons. 17.ix. The total number is 56 words. MADIM Names of 6th Sephira. TzDQIAL. 37. 5." The names referred to are those which are ascribed to the first nine Sephiroth. IHVH TzBAVTh. IHVH ALVH VDOTh. ChIVTh HQDSh. MIKAL. GBVRH. This is a . GBRIAL. 26. 36. HANIAL. In the Lemeaeton. They are written around the circle from right to left. 45. 11. They are: Names belonging to 1st Sephira. BINH. 12. 25. 2. ALHIM TzBAVTh. and ending at . 40. 35. TzDQ Names of 5th Sephira. 18. 41. NTzCh. KVKB Names of the 9th Sephira. ALHIM. 8. But in order to write these 9 x 5 names. ISVD. 21. Their total number. HVD. 13. ThPARTh. as shown in the diagram. 45. which is popularly supposed to be a means of protecting the magician against the incursion of hostile forces concentrated outside its limits by his evocations. and the Divine Names are to be written around it.i9. IHVH ALHIM. KThR. MTTRVN. 19. 16. 44. 4. 14. 6. 34. 1. MAN. 30. ChKMH. ShRPIM. ChShMLIM. ShBThAI Names of 4th Sephira. 9. Adam. 20. 33. RAShITh HGLGLIM Names of 2nd Sephira. 27. AVPNIM.

are concentrated all the powers of the Microcosm.ty of existence. 7. inasmuch as the total number of names is the number of ADM.Yesod. Wisdom is my protection against all appearances of hostility. for it combines the numbers of the Hexagram (sign of the Macrocosm) anti the Pentagram (sign of the Microcosm). At the center of the circle is a cubical altar.the world in which every magical operation really begins. The arrangement of these letters is as shown in the diagram at the end of the lesson. which is prominent in the Christian mysteries. whose sphere is the fourth Sephira. the Divine Name of Chokmah. and 'I~K. 2. the magic :square of Jupiter. moreover. The powers of the Sephiroth from the CROWN to the FOUNDATION. Briah . This square is the symbol of the number 4 and of the Ol2DER which every magical operation seeks to realize. which by themselves signify the fourfold Macrocosmic manifestation of the Life-Power. The '7 correct name is a combination of two words. Yah. It is related also to the mysteries of Osiris. It is a number. when inscribed with the letters of this name signifL also the fourfold operation of that fundamental energy which is represented in the Hebrew alphabet by the letter Peh. the same as that of the letter Peh. in as much as ADONAI is spelt 1 K in Hebrew. are written upon a picture of the Serpent of Wisdom." Within the circle are drawn four Hexagrams. Adonai. the Foundation. Upon it is set the cubical alter. Consequently the four Hexagrams. It is a Pyramid number. the Divine name of Malkuth. The names. indeed. and also of the word 71b7. wherein are inscribed the letters of the Tetragrammaton. It also sums up the totali. 4. Without going into a detailed account of the numerical symbolism. This compound name '17K is also particularly associated with Yesod and Malkuth in the creative world. The identification of those powers with MAN. as a center of expression. 3. Most editions of the Leme~eton that the name ADONAI should be written in the comers say of the Hexagrams. IHVH (in Hebrew). The number of this name is 80. and as later set forth in the description of the Vault where the Founder of the True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order lay buried. A suggestion that these powers combine the forces of the Macrocosm with those of the Microcosm. too. and in the center of each of these is inscribed a TauCross. Primarily the meaning of this number is: The expression of Beauty (6) through adaptation (5).number with which you are by this time more or less familiar. resting on a square. therefore. but this is an obvious blind. Thus the whole suggestion of this arrangement to an instructed Qabalist Standing within the circle is: "In me. to be explained in the next lesson. is traced by . It is really a magic square of 4 x 4. A five-fold manifestation of those powers (since there are five separate names given for each Sephira). we may say thilt the names written around the magic circle signify: 1. Its name. The circle is used by magicians in every part of the world. as revealed in the New Testament.

and this is the number of AVD. From chakra. The magic circle symbolizes all these ideas. a wheel. in the same proportion. Thus the four baselines of the Pyramid total 44 units. and 3 117 x 14 is 44.X. and this is the name of the Pillar of Mercy on the Tree of Life. comes our English word cycle. . Magic is KTISIS or Creation. the number of units around the base of the Great Pyramid. For the Magic of Light. and succeeds in the measure that the ceremonial makes real and vivid the operator's knowledge that the magical force is essentially LOVE.etymologists to the Sanskrit noun chakra. Now. besides being 20 x 37. We arrive at this conclusion by reason of the fact that according to a proportion much employed in occult writings. is 11 by reduction. among them being the circle within which are performed the ceremonials of the Tantrik magicians. whose vertical axis is. and the vertical axis is the radius of a circle whose circumference or perimeter would be 44 units in length. In Hebrew Gematria the same number is represented by the noun 1 (reckoning final N at its value ' of 700). The number 740. Love. the Pentagram and the Hexagram. 7 units. the number of AChD. The vibratory force which it controls and directs is rightly named H Thermotes. in Greek gematria KYKLOE is the number 740. Now. the force used in the Magic of L. the perimeter of a circle is regarded as being 3 117 times its diameter. and this numbering serves to identi3 it as a mystery word. is derived the Greek noun KYKLOE.V. The numbers expressed in these geometrical figures are basic in nature. or 20 x 37.V." This number 11 is the number of units in the base-line of the Great Pyramid. whence. through Latin. or theurgy (god-working) proceeds in accordance with the magician's recognition of the One-ness of All. The Great Secret of the practical occultist is the secret of the music of the spheres. 4 and 7 add to 13. which has several technical meanings in Hindu occultism. Aud. which means "circularity of form or movement. and of xn. the Pillar of the Sephiroth whose numbers. The Greek word KUKLOS. whereby impulses of what might be called a certain pitch induce the activity of cosmic forces far beyond the range of the limited powers of the physical man. the radius of 7 would have a diameter of 14. Unity and AHBH. The number 740 also represents in Greek Gematria the following words: KTIEIE--Creation H OEPMOTHE--Heat (that is vibratory force) AIOEPOEMEAOE--Music of the Spheres. and it is also the primary geometrical figure which determines the construction of the Triangle. the Square. Heat. 2. figures whose angles determine FORM throughout creation.X. and the other words related to it by Greek Gematria also hint at a mathematical fact about the circle which is of considerable importance. and knowledge of them is the beginning of the science of measurement (geometry) without which no artistic adaptation of cosmic forces can be fully successful--least of all that special adaptation which we call the Magic of L. for it is the symbol of the whirling motion whence all the forces available to human use are generated. the secret of sympathetic vibration.

and since the diameter is what determines the size of a circle. Among them are: diffusion. by means of which you may develop mental muscles which you will have need of when you attempt the actual practice of magic. The circle of ASSIAH. 71. and 17. like the magic circle. In the esoteric teaching whose elements you are receiving in these lessons. the circle having a diameter of 7 and a circumference of 22 is the geometrical symbol of the archetypal world. desire. distribution. and part of the training consists in the tracing out of the ideas which are brought into juxtaporjition before the mind's eye by the fact that words whose everyday meanings are sometimes radically opposed to each other are identical in number. the material world. these being the Platonic ideas. iu. A magician is a person who has a particular quality of consciousness. to disperse. number of the diameter of the archetypal world. is the perimeter of a circle whose diameter is 3 112 units. Audi. I counsel you. apportionment. to flow in. the magic force. exemplifies those basic principles of measurement whose application to the control of nature's finer forces constitutes the art of magic. a fish. and one of 28 will give a circumference of 88. riches. When you exercise your ingenuity and patience in study of this kind. YETZIRAH is represented by the circle having a diameter of 21 units. or ATZILUTH. is really a course in mental gymnastics. To work thern out independently.I have mentioned these facts about the Pyramid because it. Reference to the Qabalistic dictionary will show you that the number 7 is represented by the following words: 73u. to scatter. By the proportion here indicated. To think the same thoughts that have passed through the mind of an adept is to become like him. 11. as meaning desire refers to a conception about the archetypal world which we find taught in all . The duplication or reflection of ATZILUTH is represented by the circle of 14 units diameter. Its activity is on this account symbolized by YOD. has a diameter of 28 units. At present they may seem to you to be remote from any practical application to magic. Other words which are synonyms for dispersion will help you to grasp the fundamental meaning suggested by ABD. the letter which is the symbol of the male. they may be expected to shed some light upon the Qabalistic conception of the characteristic or determining qualities of this plane of cosmic seed-thoughts. sperm-giving principle throughout the universe. are related to the . moreover. then. influx. the creative world. These words. to disperse. The archetypal world is the great reservoir of seed-forms. and to the element of FIRE.n. The formative world. K37. because 3 117 x 3. therefoire. By the same proportion a circle with a diameter of 7 will have a circumference of 22. and to develop the hints they contain as much as you can. you are reproducing through the agency of your personal brain-cells ideas which have passed through the brains of adepts in the Ageless Wisdom.l'. to scatter. a diameter of 21 will give a circumference of 66. but it should be borne in mind that to be a magician one needs to do more than learn a formula. spreading. 3 ~ 7 to pine. to invent. iu. which corresponds to the letter YOD of . which is the number of AVD. either. corresponding to BRIAH. or. good fortune. some very curious results are shown. or with such slight help as is afforded by the suggestions given in these lessons. 73N. suggests dissemination or sowing.5 = 1 1. K73. When we compare these numbers with the Qabalistic words which correspond to thern by Gematria. one with a diameter of 14 will have a circumference of 44. to pay close attention to the paragraphs immediately following.

convey the same thought. And we find thus that the will. For the will is an insensitive and incognitive life." indicates another detail in our conception of the archetypal world." they understand it to be nTwNi2. so that it may invent new forms of manifestation for itself. Thus the craving is a Mania. but specific selection. which goes out of the craving and is the seeker of the craving. for it has found in the nothing something. by which the Life-Power figures to itself the actualization of some one of its limitless possibilities. selection. Here is a hint for every magician. striking out something new. the singling out of particular modes of expression. what there has been from eternity without origin. but the craving is its own place. 7 ~ good . It is not mere vague longing which is behind the Life-Power's self-expression. and the will a Magus. is a reminder that although the Life-Power is unlimited in its possibilities of selfexpression.schools of the Ageless Wisdom. thus. 2N7 is a metathesis of 37x. too. in beginning a cycle of self-expression. In the passage from Thomas Vaughan quoted in the first lesson you will find the conception that the archetypal phase of the creative process in imagination. and both words mean "to languish. indeed. viz. decision. Be-Rash-ith. the spirit. it is changeless in its own nature. "Thus we give you in brief to consider of nature and the spirit of nature. but without knowledge or understanding. and the archetypal world is held by Qabalists to be the plane of original ideas. and is in the will a being." or "in the beginning. The will is the understanding of the craving. and must therefore always seek self-expression in ways that are good. the shaping of a course. Boehme brings it out when he writes: "Seeing then there is a craving in the nothing. but the craving is found by the will. For instead of reading BRAShITH as "in principle. but the will is a life without origin. Then is this will a Magician in its mother. The other meanings of AV--either. This will is a spirit. Invention. in forms that are beneficent. the Life-Power. to pine. as a thought. Limitless in its potentialities. is practically a synonym for originality. centers itself upon some particular possibility which it seeks to realize. inasmuch as magic after all is but a personal application of the Life-Power's way of being and doing. according to some Rabbis. its mother. and so now has a place for its dwelling. for it is lord in the mother. riches. "And herein understand that the will is a spirit. According to this conception." Thus they conceive the first step of the creative process to be one of contemplation. to invent. for it finds its mother or the craving. This world is the sphere of the self-concentration of the Limitless Light. Thus AV denotes desire combined with decision. viz. brings in the idea of imagination. or inventing a new form of selfexpression." Six Theosophic Points K27. "in the head. and yet is not held in check. and the will is a band to it. has no place for its rest. it makes in itself the will to something. and the will is greater than its mother which gives it. N72. "influx. and the mother is dumb. and =--imply choice. The opening words of Genesis. of its entry into the . fortune. the motive power in the LifePower's self-manifestation is its own desire to actualize its own possibilities. to flow in. The craving is certainly a cause of the will." The idea here is that which is also expressed by AV. and different from the desirous craving.

Note that uitn. Passing now to the circle of the creative world. These ideas are fundamental in relation to the creative world. wheat. n27. The association of ideas is not read into the word by any means. a spine. gold.hand. a magical vision. and 7n7. nevertheless. a thron. It is part and parcel of the Hebrew to language. fastening. to direct. to fasten in. so as to make aggregated. bless the lads. And because the limitless possibilities of that Light are the seeds of all forms whatsoever. that . wheat. >. (14) mu. Finally. to grow is derived from 17. like fish. In many parts of the world thorns are used as p' or needles. which represents the diameter of the archetypal world. These. a disseminating influence. In the first two of these words some symbolists find a trace of a certain Egyptian idea conce:rning the beginning of things. The creative world is the sphere in which the archetypal ideas . is occultly a reference to the infinite potency of the archetypal world. the fish. are combined with each other. this influx. . a seed-form. Good. accretions." In the King James Version of the English Bible a marginal note to the verb "grow" says: Heb. designates the mental activity which is the embodiment of desire or longing. accumulation and aggregation. Mezla. 7Dx. 373. The first of these words. is from a verb spelt with the same letters. which is the MZLA. and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. The number 22. while 7nSaffirms the unity of their source. Knight and others have offered with respect to this particular detail of symbolism. to stretch out.IT. 17. for the verb . conglomerations. love. is the source of all riches. or influence. and to the second letter of Tetragrammaton. . Perhaps some readers of these pages may know it. we find that its diameter corresponds to the following words. and they will understand me when I say that although I reject all the cruder explanations which writers like Inman. with his hand. and has for its primary meaning "to spawn. a sacrifice.rx7m. Payne. are the Hebrew words corresponding to the number 7. then. 71'3. limitless in potency. which corresponds to Water. and able to multiply itself in forms innumerable. there is." This shows us that the word "thorn" as used in Hebrew implies an idea ins probably borrowed from primitive custom. It is an eager craving. I ~ I Ddeclares the goodness of the primogenial ideas.inn. by Yod. . 717. beloved (David). xitn (Aramaic) a magical vision. and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. which corresponds to the perimeter of a circle whose diameter is 7. an offering.run. assigned to ~ ' 1the Mother. to penetrate. joining. as fishes do increase. They show us clearly what is the essential determining characteristic of this plane." This verb is used in Genesis 48: 16: "The Angel which redeemed me from all evil. the creative:letter Heh. is symbolically expressive of the archetypal world. multiply.Inn. And thus . unity. to become numerous. is represented in Hebrew by the following words: 17'3. a certain truth (however repellent may be the way it is expressed) in the old Egyptian imagery. and thus they become the symbols of union. and that .conditions of manifestation. and let my name be named on them. association.In. meaning "to pierce. connection. BRIAH. 7?.

nature of Briah. of which the hand (sometimes spelled 7 is a symbol. a vessel for drawing water (name . which reminds us of the rotary nature of all formative activity (a fact attested to by modern physical science. of assurance as opposed to doubt. so that it suggests the complete expression of the archetypal diameter through a four-fold manifestation. a word having many meanings. refers to the limitations which are the logical necessities of creation. the mystic Name of three letters which. The circumference number of the formative world has these correspondences: (66) . referring to the same idea that is expressed in the New Testament mention of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. This. The Ram and the Lamb are one. etc. not in the plane of the material world. a test. is the extension of 7 as well as 4 times 7. The sign Aries. such as "only. r ? ~ . victuals. of the sign. is 28. was used in sealing the six directions of space. Aquarius). It is the restriction of the specific. an offering. The diameter number of . clay (but do not fail to study this word letter by letter.r9wu. but also in the letters which form them. All these words. the Sepher Yetzirah tells us." n37. has the following words: ' j ~ drops (of fluid). however. we may be ferried over from the physical world to those beyond). a flame. The noun ~511. Assiah. 44. paths. Lord of Flame a?'. but all representing some degree of restriction. and it is also a self-extension (stretching out). which refers to the formative power of the Primal Will. purity. EXISTENCE. a word which in its root-meaning is connected with the assaying of metal. since the sign Aries is a fire-sign. in essential meaning. both these words are technical mystery-terms. Y L S . inr. are words not only equivalent to each other in number. it is to be noted. which we misinterpret as the sphere . refers to the fact that the Life-Power offers Itself in the act of creation.Eheieh. TX. ltn (Aramaic) a vision. on the path of return. a pond. That self-offering is an act of love 717.r9. a18.rtt. ~ 7blood. which is of interest to students of magic because it so definitely indicates the source of "daily bread" as being. they both correspond to the Hindu deity Agni. 71n1.r9. Zjb. a whirl. a pool. which carries out the idea of contemplation we have seen to be related to the archetypal and creative worlds. ANIH. or a selfdirection. is a symbol of the commencement of the creative activities in BRIAH which result ultimately in the Life-Power's self-expression in the names and forms of the physical world. a proof.). the material world.).deep meditation. all these words being plain hints of the characteristic manifestations or expressions of formative power in Yetzirah. "the fastening. l." "this once." and "certainly. a wheel. 5x51. a Divine name particularly assigned to Kether.food. ' ) The number corresponding to the creative circumference. as opposed to the vagus. or the fastener. or unity. a sacrifice. 773. and with the help of the corresponding Tarot keys. but in the pattern-world. and as you have learned. a ship. to gather together." "indeed. as the beginning of the zodiac. In relation to BRIAH. The formative diameter expressed by the number 21 and the following words: . a trial.captivity. a ram (name of the sign Aries) and m j . 757. are directly related to the watery . which symbolizes the formative world as the connecting medium which carries the powers of the higher worlds down into the external world of physical manifestation (and. is the means whereby. and further. The corresponding words are: TIT. referring to the unsulliod state of the pattern-forms which exist in the plans of formation. conversely. and symbolized again and again by seers and occultists). linz. indicates the fact that the material world.this world is represented by ATD. as you can see. union." The restriction is affirmative.

laying his hand on anything soever (whether men prize it. %3n In the magic circle. "The Wisdom of Egypt. The external world is not a product of the One Power.. but understand them as the appearances of the One Power. Furthermore. Do not make the mistake of looking upon the external world as separate from the One Life-Power. it is close at hand. Kach. we get our modern word chemistrv--so that the name of that branch of science which is doing so much to establish the real unity of the material world is. he shall speak truly who shall say." and in this connection we may remember that the word "color" is derived from a Latin root. This is the inner meaning of what Jesus declared.2 1 and 28 are not indicated. Khem Dn. though none may capture me in the net of thought. Do not think of it as being "material" in opposition to the "spirituality" of metaphysical planes. or scorn it as of no worth). This is a conception made understandable by modern rediscoveries concerning the electrical constitution of matter. The intention of the closing words of the preceding paragraph is simply this. "He who hath seen me hath seen the Father. even a:. Therefore. We do not have to leave this world to find it. Finally. so that the figure of the serpent with the divine names is enclosed in a ring one foot wide. literally. Understand that the forces you are using in magic are the very same fijrces which are the subjects of investigation in the laboratories of material science." It is also what The Book of Tokens teaches in the words: "All this am I. a valley" may serve to remind us of the popular idea that this material world is a vale of tears. in plain sight.of many-ness or multi~licity. It IS that Power making Itself known in ways which are perceptible to our bodily senses. The . and this locates for us in no uncertain way the place whence we shall draw the power used in magic and other forms of practical occuliiism. in which there is is no separation whatever. the alchemists tell us again and again when they intimate that the First Matter of the art is procuirable everywhere. the square before-mentioned is exactly 27 inches wide. but there is a profounder meaning than this. which suggests that the material world is a veil of color. to glow. 14. and without expense. so that it will enclose a circle whose diameter is also 27 inches. The power we are to use is. which I trust you will discover for yourself. om means "to be hot." This word is closely related to the old name of Egypt. different from and separated from its Producer." and suggests the fact that no matter how much we investigate it. to suggest the presence of the archetypal circle. to brood. the material world remains ever a great field of the Unknown 5n1. if thou hast eyes to see. concealing the real nature of the Life-Power. fundamentally the ONE expression of ONE reality. a physical power. whence. Does this mean that I am here reversing all that has been said in former lessons about not depending upon external things for supply? By no means. even though the actual diameters of 7. in this shalt thou find Him. by an interesting series of linguistic transmutations. It is not afar off." The words corresponding to the circumference number of the material world are those representing 88: means "colored. indeed." ion means "darkness. these four circles are implied. 'Dost ask me to show thee the Lord? Verily. meaning "to conceal. 28 is KCh." The same implication of concealment is connected with this word j h n . each of the seemingly separate parts being combined with all the otlhers. to hatch. On the contrary. power. "something hollowed out. They are implied because within the outer circle of 9 feet is a second circle of seven feet (diameter). It is here.

in the formation of diatoms. Such are the astronomical meanings of the number 108. 2160 years elapse in each of the twelve periods constituting what is known as the Great Year. and in many other ways throughout the plant and animal kingdoms. The gematria of this number in the Hebrew tongue is very rich and suggestive. Consequently. (among which the rose is most prominent in symbolism) which is expressed in the structure of many shells.000 years. which is not included in the Qabalistic dictionary in Section A. In the first place because 9 is the number of completion. and the whole Great Year is 108 times 240 years. Thus the fact that this number is represented in the Magic Circle by the number of inches in its diameter is an indication that the whole circle is intended to express the basic numeral proportions in astronomy. It is. 9 feet = 108 inches. the square at the center of the magic circle implies the presence of a small circle whose proportion to the outer circle is as that of the circle of the archetypal world to the circle of the material world. In the precession of the equinoxes. and in the symbolic representation of true magic.320. as the diameter of a circle of 7 feet is to the diameter of a circle of 28 feet. Again. that is 27 inches: 108 inches: 84 inches: 336 inches. What is of greater interest and importance for the magician is the fact that 108 is a key-number to the great time-periods which are the basis of the measurements in astronomy. in the construction of many living organisms. Yet I feel that many readers of these pages may profit by a consideration of this Gematria. But this same number has another important meaning which recurs again and again in nature and in art--especially in the art of magic. is not the main consideration at present. but this. moreover. On page 41 I said that the Hebrew Gematria of this number is full of valuable indications. of 108 times 4000 years. are the Hebrew words corresponding . then. Going back now to the particular form of magic circle described in the Lemegeton. It is the product of 22 x 33. then is 108 times 20 years. As the pentagon angle. and the number of the Sephira of FOUNDATION. and this fact has mystical interpretations which we need not enter into at present. is 108 degrees. But aside from the mathematical fact that 9 feet corresponds to these ideas. the Pentagram. by the traditional Hindu system of reckoning time. or regular five-sided figure. the number whose extension is 45. (the number of ADM. and thus the number of units in the diameter of the Magic Circle of ceremonial is the same as the number of units in the string of beads which you used for concentration. but passed it for the time being in order to give first place to the various details just mentioned. to which we shall presently devote considerable attention. Each of the interior angles of a pentagon. let us consider why it should be 9 feet in diameter. Adam). One of these periods. so that this is the number which determines the growth of five-petalled flowers. or human adaptation of cosmic law to practical results. Here. a Manvantara consists of 4. Of this you will find further mention in the next lesson. the angle of 108 degrees determines the construction of that great magical symbol. in other words the key-number of the rhythms of the music of the spheres. also. This number 108 has been venerated by occultists for many reasons. and not some other number.diameter of a circle of 27 inches is to the diameter of a circle of 108 inches. this number also conceals another which we discover by expressing the feet of the diameter as inches.

This. indeed. onn. the only evil that is effected is the result of the operator's own miserable misinterpretation of the work. to incline. and using. adjustment. one atternpts a magical operation directed against the welfare of another person. the circle is a figure in which every point of the circumference is equidistant from the center. The Conductive Intelligence is always accompanied by Responsibility. the purpose of the magic of Light is to establish in the subconsciousness of the operator. pn. . finallly. to love. by scientific use of symbol. in all perfection. not WILL BE. The Magic Circle. It is. or theurgy. violent. the competent magician knows that the Life-Power is no respector of persons . an intensive method for impressing upon the subconsciousness the suggestion that man in a center of the Life-Power's creative ideation.to the number 108: a71rrt. conductive (title of the thirteenth path. the circle reminds the magician that his operation cannot possible be an.r ?lrts. In short. pn.Sepher Yetzirah.close.) Study of these words will show that they have correspondences to the ideas symbolized b. page 61.y the Magic Circle. as the most important. is where the danger of Black ]Magic comes in. as does the Magic Circle). ?rn. real presence of the creative power in the operator's life. ARE. Better than most people. and.the fruit of a deep valley (The "valley" is the Abyss of the Unmund. and all such ideas. It is the spiritual focus of gravitation and the directing force.the middle. And we use the present tense. to have mercy. which is lost sight of by the uninitiated. MNHIG." And the circle. that which in inscribed. It is a symbol also of perseverance. The two ideas stand in direct proportion to each other. divine (cosmic) law. but because hard intellectual stucly has enabled us to learn that the limitless potencies of the Life-Power are necessarily potencies existing at the present moment. ~ to hinder. For magic. to be sharp. so far as symbol and ceremonial are concerned. that very living faith of which Jesus spoke when he said: "Whatsoever things ye ask and pray for. And because of this. whence center). moreover. having neither end nor beginning. symmetry. Thus Stenring says. an arrow (compare with Greek kentron.the ears. It is the equilibrating power and the source of volition.y sort of hocus pocus for getting the best of somebody else. an arrow-point. that all human activities are expressions of a cosmic process which continues forever. as godworking aims to enable the operator to express the identical creative power which is the soulrce of all cosmic manifestations. is a continuous line.that it cannot be invoked to give any one person an unfair advantage over another. 5n1. D D to . in the presence of. a wall (suggesting protection. These two ideas which are represented by the Magic Circle are conveyed in Eliphas Levi's remark that the magician should work as if he had all eternity in which to complete his operation. poise. word and action of the magician's realization that he is a center of expression for the equilibrating power of the cosmos. that which is appointed. which is one form of the zero-sign helps the instructed operator to do this because it reininds him that he is the immediate expression of a Power with which all things ARE possible. Thus is symbolized equilibrium. Again. This means that he should recognize the timelessness of his undertaking. gesture. Y'n. the symbols of cosmic unity. or Boundless Subsistence). and other suggestive accessories. and ye shall have them. For when. bold. It is the ennblem of the true magical work. believe that ye received them." . revelation. which is the confirmation in thought. to shut. It aims to arouse in the subconsciousness an intense conviction of the actual. in commenting on the thirteenth path: "No magical work can be accomplished without communication with this path. not in blind faith. It symbolizes to the instructed operator the fact.

To summarize this lesson. is the error of consciousness from which the impulse to perform it springs. With this let us dismiss black magic. To remind him. as a human being. and as accurate as his circle. To affirm symbolically and Qabalistically the idea that his magical operation is part of the eternal cosmic process of IDEATION. 2. actually occupies a central position in the cosmos. "coming to him. that the success of his operation may be expected from the fact that even as he is standing in the center of a circle whose circumference is bounded by the Holy Names. that other people may be made to suffer temporarily in consequence. To remind the operator that he. to use the vernacular." And the suffering of the victim of evil magic is nothing in comparison to the suffering which must be endured by the operator. as a living expression of the Limitless Light. inasmuch as it educates him. And because any seeming ascendancy which the black magician gains over other people is purely illusive.It would be &tile to deny that occult forces can be so directed by ill-disposed persons. regular processes. because the suffering caused to the victim is by no means to his real disadvantage. the center of expression for the correlated operation of all the cosmic aspects of the Life-Power symbolized by those names. and quickly return to their source. But the Ageless Wisdom is very definite in its declaration that no victim of an evil magical operation suffers unjustly. 4. there is certainly no advantage gained by himself. The worst of black magic. whose outcome must be beautiful or symmetrical. The impossibility. . For the occult forces invoked by such operations work swiftly. That. or creative imagination. To affirm also the idea that this is a work of equilibrium. I say. Hence it is written that he who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind. To intensifl the magician's realization that he works to produce a specific result. No operation can possibly be evil when it is undertaken by an operator who recognized the unity of the Life-Power and the impossibility of invoking it to the disadvantage of another. as definite. too. the purpose of the Magic Circle is: 1. not in some future life. so is he. in which manifestation proceeds from the archetypal to the material world by ordered. then. as I have said. 5. 3. and helps him to work off a Karmic debt. but invariable in the same incarnation wherein the evil magic is performed. or can possibly be hurt unless that particular experience is. also.

to live. (symbolizing the cleansing which comes with regulation). to lay hold of (referring to the grasp of cosmic laws which is based upon measurement). or Nature. vertically or diagonally. the number on which it is based. Magic Square of 4 The numbers of this particular square. each column adds invariably to 34. or S:16. n ~elevated. which makes the 4 x 4 square. personified in Egypt as ISIS. signifying ORDER. and A=l. so that it would be the cube corresponding to a square. The altar cube.. . which is the length of the total diameter of that circle. the personal pronoun. command. inscribed with the four letters of the Tetragrammaton. exalted. and represented in the Pythagorean triangle by the base line of 4 units). for the following reason: In the Greek language. Such a great cube would measure 108 inches along one of its boundary lines. dedicated to Jupiter the one which properly represents the powers of the name . and relating particularly to the fourth path of the Tree of Life.The Magical Altar In Lesson 2 you learned that at the center of the Magic Circle is a square. A=30. This is a cube measuring 27 x 27 x 27 inches. Consequently its four sides are 4 x 27 inches. This square is 27 x 27 inches. H=8. are 4. This magic square of Jupiter. authority derived from grasp of cosmic law). P. the word for truth is spelt AAHOEIA.i. so that one of its sides is equal to one quarter of the diameter of the circle. in which A=l. corresponds to the Gnostic-Christian geometrical representation of truth. (reminding us that existence is the state of the Life-Power's manifestation through Prakriti. Horizontally. and also because there is a correspondence between the JOVE of the Grecian mystery cults and IHVH.0=9. but the square of IHVH is a square of 4 x 4. to be (originally to breathe). like. m. as representing one sixty-forth of the entire volume of this great cube. hyssop. IHVH. high (referring to the idea of dominion and . 177. because IHVH represents the Self-Existent One as manifest in 4 elements. any square is the symbol of the number 4. corresponding to the Hebrew words YTX. Now. etc. Upon this square is placed the altar of ceremonial. which is like Hebrew in that its letters are numbers. the number of cells in the magic square. to apprehend. 16. and A=l. regulation. or 108 inches. one of whose sides was equal to the diameter of the Magic Circle.l. whose proportions are the basis of the cube containing 64 small cubes. which is named MEASURING INTELLIGENCE. is given below. equal to (words which refer to the . or.i7. E=5.il. I=10. and the total number of the square is 136. system. tntz. with the numbers properly arranged. to enclose. therefore. the total number being 64.

of course.r i~L/n. a name associated with Jupiter and Chesed. be regular) will set the weight swinging. . tremendous power is available for our use. as an emblem of power and control derived from our grasp of the basic measurements of the cosmos." so that it is evidently a word suggesting perfect memory.Hismael. Again. by a little child. which regulates all the products of imagination. or Truth. the value of T I D . Hence Jupiter is said to be the planet which rules priests and lawyers. 34. and U ~ Ito reveal. Thus the magic square on which the altar is based is one that is particularly related to the ideas of ORDER. . remind us that we are dependent for success upon the classifjing activity of self-consciousness. too. It stands before us in the magic circle as a symbol of truth. The number of points or comers of the cube is 8. 5x7g. L/Slx. is the function of consciousness most closely identified with the Jupiterian vibration. a member of this Section has noticed that in one of our leading New York cinema houses.Yophiel. 'These powers. corresponding to the Hebrew words AL. as squares. angel of vengeance. of MEASUREMENT.essential identity of all manifestations of the One Life). a large statue of Diana in the balcony sways perceptibly when certain pedal notes are sounded on the organ of the theater. and 136. therefore. and L/li. 5 ~ 1to ransom. and 2 diagonal columns. like a pendulum. C:nefbl study of the various Hebrew words corresponding to the numbers related to this square will show that all of them refer either to measurement or to powers active in the sphere of Chesed. It tells us also that the support of all our work (as the altar supports our implements) is the rhythm of the Life-Power's vibratory activity. God the Father. when each of the 16 squares in this magic square of Jupiter is raised into a cube.l. Now. the Name.17. and in a little while the effect of these gentle impulses (which must. and this serves to remind us that every undertaking of man is part of the cosmic process of involution and evolution. are rooted in Memory. . IS. Our altar of ceremonial. the resuilt is a plinth containing 16 cubes. The sides of the altar. or 10 in all. so far as human consciousness is concerned. As a simple illustration of this let me remind yclu of a laboratory experiment in elementary physics. Spirit of Jupiter. All that is required to produce this result is to strike the weight gently with a mallet. The motion is distinctly visible--nearly a half-inch displacement from the perpendicular. 4 horizontal. corresponding to the words j~ao.a voice. Furthermore. The literal meaning of Aletheia is "not forgetting. which is the special phase of mental activity associated with Chesed. Thus it brings ever to our recollection the fact that our magical work is never at any time intended to set aside natural processes. A weight so heavy that a man may not move it as it hangs suspended may be set in motion. and 10 x 34 is 340. Intelligence of Jupiter. the square adds to 34 the in 4 vertical. whose work is based upon precedent. and of the powers of the planet Jupiter. and upon this foundation is built the great cube of 64 small cubes whose number represents in Greek Gematria the word Aletheia. Memory. When we grasp the full purport of this word "rhythm" so as to be able to apply it.r. is primarily intended to remind us that our work is founded upon the self-impartation of the Life-Power which is represented by Chesed. is never to be thought of as a means for circumventing the regularity of the cosmic order. a book and aw. of DOMINION.

The 12 boundary lines of the cube remind us of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Thus they carry our thoughts, as instructed Qabalists, back to Chokmah, the sphere of the zodiac, and remind us that our magic, as practical Cabalah, is founded upon the laws of planetary influence. We must take account of these laws in choosing suitable times for our various operations, and thus no success in the practice of magic is possible for the person who ignores astrology. For every magical operation has its own particular characteristics, as may be seen from the following quotation from Eliphas Levi: "Magical works are seven in number: 1. Works of light and wealth under the patronage of the Sun. 2. Works of divination and mysteries, under the invocation of the Moon. 3. Works of skill, science, and eloquence, under the protection of Mercury. 4. Works of wrath and chastisement, consecrated to Mars. 5. Works of love, favored by Venus. 6. Works of ambition and policy, under the auspices of Jupiter. 7. Works of malediction and death, under the care of Saturn." It will not escape the attentive reader that every magical work therefore calls into play the special activities of one of the seven chakras or nerve-centers which the alchemists disguised as "metals," named afier the seven celestial bodies. The nerve-currents working in these centers are modified by the revolutions of the heavenly bodies. Hence it is important to choose a correct time for working, and this means, of course, that one must be able to make an election for the work according to astrological rules. This detail, lost sight of in the hit-or-miss procedure of the average New Thought practitioner, is sufficient to account for many failures. All magicians may with profit consider the words of the Preacher: "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace." - Ecclesiastes, 3: 1 to 9. Some people, confused by the doctrine of the actual, real presence of the omnipotent Life-Power in human life, and mistaking the meaning of words, "Now is the acceptable time," are of the opinion that the philosophy of times and seasons runs counter to the higher aspects of metaphysical truth. Their error consists in their notion of what constitutes the "salvation" or liberation concerning which it is written that NOW is the acceptable time. The freedom of the wise is not freedom to do whatever they please at any given moment. Rather is it the freedom which is indicated by the name of the 12th path on the Tree of Life, the path which, in the Tarot, is definitely associated with magic, because it corresponds to the picture of the Magician. That path is called INTELLIGENCE OF TRANSPARENCY, and the freedom it confers is the freedom which comes to those through whom the cosmic life-currents have unobstructed passage.

Hence, in the picture of the Magician we see that he is attentively considering the symbols of the four elements on his table, and that his task is evidently that of arranging them in their proper order. NOW is always the time of liberation, but the truly free man is he whose life from moment to moment is so well-adjusted to cosmic rhythms that in a period ruled by Venus, say, he is not v,ainly attempting to perform a work of Saturn. Thus the altar's twelve boundary lines serve to remind us that we are at all times centers of expression for the vibrations of planetary forces, and that by adapting our working to the cycles of those forces we may be sure that what we undertake will be brought to a successful conclusion. Another consideration which must be taken into account is indicated by the correspondence of the altar to the name of I H V H (because the numbers that represent the points, lines and faces of a cube are 8, 12 and 6 , whose sum, 26=IHVH). The Tetragrammaton means "The Self-Existent." It is a name which is attributed on the Tree of Life to Binah, to Tiphareth and to Netzach (See list of names on the Magic Circle, Lesson 2D. Thus it is a name referring to Intuition (Binah), to imagination (Tiphareth) and to Desire (Netzach). Intuition, Imagination and Desire are the basis of all magical working. Intuition as to the real nature of Self-Existence, and its relation to man. Imagination which pictures definite beautiful results as the logical outcome of that relation. Desire so trained and directed that it is a steady aspiration towards the realization of these beautihl results. In other words, a magician engaged in theurgy, or god-working, is a man who listens attentively to the Inner Voice which reveals the presence of Self-Existence, who pictures clearly and definitely some particular beautiful expression of the power made known to him by intuition, and who keeps the flame of desire burning clear and bright to illuminate that picture. Intuition shows him what the Self-Existent One is and can do. Imagination makes a slide for his mental magic lantern by deducing particular applications of what intuition makes known. The flame of desire lights up the picture and projects it upon the screen of space. Furthermore, since the altar represents 717, or the Self-Existent Reality, it serves to remind the magician that the basis of his operation is the constitution of the cosmos as it is. This point may seem to be so obvious that it requires no elaboration, but it is ignored more often than one might think. For example, take the magical operation called "mental healing." We have Christian Science healers, Divine Science healers, Unity healers, healers belonging to any number of religious denominations. Then we have mental healers who assert that religion has nothing to do with the work. All of these healers attribute their successes to various causes. Many of them deny that the curative works of those who hold a different belief are genuine. But the fact remains that they all have just about the same percentage of successes. What does this mean? This, that a healer's theories may be merest moonshine, but he will cure his patients is his practice conforms to the cosmic order. The basis of the work, in other words, is existence as it is, not the pet theory of the practitioner. And this holds true of all magical working. The basis of the work is not theory but fact, not opinion but reality. Magic, therefore, is not an attempt to escape from things as they are. It succeeds because it gets the magician into harrnonic rapport with the Life-Power's ways of self-expression. This, of course, is implicit in the correspondence between the cubical altar and the Greek word Aletheia. For truth is defined as "conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be." The magician opposes reality to appearance, fact to fancy, ordler to

disorder. Seeming to do things which are miracles, or departures from the established order, he really accomplishes these marvels by a strict conformity to the workings of the cosmic process. The successful outcome of his undertakings is merely the fulfillment of the promise, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The six sides of the magical altar represent six of the planetary vibrations. The top corresponds to Mercury. The bottom is dedicated to the Moon. The side facing East is attributed to Venus. The southern side corresponds to the Sun. To the western side Jupiter is assigned. Mars corresponds to the Northern face. The point at the center of the altar is attributed to Saturn. (The point, that is, within the cube, at its heart.) Some magical rituals say that the faces of the cube should be covered with plates of the metals corresponding to the planets (Mercury being represented by an amalgam of quicksilver with silver). When expense is no consideration, this may be done. Quite as effective, however, is the alplan of painting the sides of the cube in the proper colors. The top is bright, deep yellow, for Mercury. The bottom is blue, for the moon. The eastern face is green, the southern face orange, the western face violet, and the northern face red. The planetary and color attributions are in accordance with the Yetziratic attributions of the seven double letters to the six directions of space. Thus the altar is the synthesis of the seven planetary forces, the representation of the balanced activity of the alchemical metals, the symbol of the orderly manifestations and coordination of the powers of the seven chakras, or nerve-centers. Its eight points give the number of Hermes, who represents intellect. The cube itself was also sacred to Hermes, who, as the god of science, astrology, magic and medicine, personifies the perception of truth, the knowledge of cosmic cycles, the practical application of the cosmic L.V.X., and the purification and perfection of man. The cube also typifies geometrically the Hermetic axiom, "That which is below is that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below," because its upper and lower faces are identical in their measurement. Observe that the upper face corresponds through its color to the letter Beth, and so to the Magician, while the lower face corresponds in the same way to the letter Gimel and the High Priestess. Thus the surface of the cube upon which the operator places the implements of his work represents the plane of self-consciousness and intellect, while the base of the altar represents subconsciousness and memory. This base is placed upon the square in the Magic Circle, upon which the name ;il;iy is written. Thus the side of the altar symbolizing subconsciousness is in juxtaposition with the square which represents the archetypal manifestation of Self-Existence. That square is colored red, in accordance with the attribution of the element of Fire to the archetypal world. What this means is that it is through the powers of subconsciousness that the magician makes his direct contact with the archetypal aspects of self-existence. This is precisely what is implied in the symbolism of the sixth Tarot Key, where it is Eve, or the Woman, who looks toward the angel. And the powers of the subconscious plane are indeed those which establish the basis of every magical operation. Yet the ordering and regulation of his implements is accomplished on the top of the altar. In like manner it is in the plane of self-consciousness that the magician exercises the powers which effect the magical results. He finds out where he stands in the cosmos by exercising his ability to make inferences from facts. He formulates his mental patterns in this plane, too. The six faces of the

that he produces his results because he stands in a reciprocal relation to the Life-Power. ]IN. in addition to the various meanings which we have derived fiom its geometrical proportions. however. and the implication of the pronoun IIK.cube are also symbols of the numerical occultism of the number 6. The atonement is better understood as at-one-ment. What we sacrifice or destroy is the sense of pel-sonal separateness. to pretend that this is easy. to sacrifice. . They serve to remind the magician that his work is simply a correlation or arrangement of existing forces. Let it be understood. making secret. But where in our . There is no angry deity to be appeased. To that vision we must hold until what is at first a mere intellectual apprehension is transferred to subconsciousness and begins to have its effect as an auto-suggestion. That. Children are not the only ones who hope to frnd a way to have their cake and eat it too. All this time it will seem to us that we are making an effort of our own wills. It is anything but that. That is why there are so few real magicians in the world. and we must 'live in accordance with our knowledge. that although the altar is a symbol of sacrifice and atonement. n build. to breathe. however. What one gives up is really nothing. By Gematria nxra (=57) corresponds to ~ t ldestruction. IIK. the connection between breath and working. we must correct the illusion of separateness by the clear intellectual vision of the truth that each of us is a center of expression for the One Power which appears in the myriad transformations of the cosmos. What this is we should have no difficulty in deciding when we remember that the altar represents truth and conformity to the cosmic order. day by day. which suggests that in getting rid of the illusion of separateness there is effected a realization that all the spiritual powers of the cosmos are finding expression in the magical operation. We must know the truth that no power whatever originates in personality. that the success of his work is evidence of his harmony with the urge of the Life-Power to self-expression. This old false conception of sacrifice still taints the thought of the world. a noun derived from the verb nn. to slaughter. But if we are to become magicians. It would be futile.h the Spirit is in itself The Hebrew word for "altar" is nxa. and it assumes protean forms. Most of these words so obviously correspond to the basic idea of destruction or sacrifice that they need no explanation. too. Thus the altar. and that urge is ever a tendency toward the establishment in the external world of the symmetry and beauty whic. to take pains. Moment by moment. ~ X K . we must follow the path that the other magicians have taken. and Kim. the illusion of separateness often seems hard to part with. which we cherish as our dearest possessions while the illusion persists.the pronoun "we". hour by hour. What we kill out is the illusion that we do anything of ourselves. it must not be thought of as representing propitiation. l to . consuming. ~ . no hostile force to be won over by the giving up of something dear. yet we must continually remind ourselves that the seeming is not reality. must also be regarded as that upon which something is destroyed or sacrificed. to effect by work. True. Note. and dishonest. is the reason why anyone who promises to teach the art of developing the powers of personality can always find plenty of pupils.

will you see that the same symbol which stands for the surrender of personality is also--by the creative mathematics of the cosmos . In the earlier part of this lesson we have tried to show you that the cubical altar is the symbol of the coordination of the magician's life with the rhythms of the cosmos. for though his body perish. A magician is what the Chinese philosopher. No. That coordination demands surrender.this giving of oneself over to the inevitable. What is to be remembered." "He who knows this preservation is great of soul." "He who knows it not continues in misery." "Being of Tao. he had to meet trials and tests that few of us would have courage to face." "He who knows this preservation is called enlightened. demands the sacrifice of the childish error that we can "go it alone. Either you will accept this teaching and do all that you can to live it. is that when this work has been done. Then. Sooner or later." But it is no use to multiply words. the work which must be done in order to transform the average sense-bound. It cannot be made easy. before the aspirant was permitted to know a tithe of what has been told you in this curriculum. Lao-Tze.lessons have you found any intimation that you would be shown an easy way? The magician cannot be a weakling. And then you will understand why the cubical altar of sacrifice is also the work-table of the magician. which crystallizes in perfect cubes. the only way to preservation." "This going back to one's origin is called peace. the unfoldment of the Life-Power's special work in you will bring you to the point where you will understand and accept this way--the only way to freedom. however. in the chapter of the Tao-Teh-King entitled "Going Home:" "Having emptied yourself of everything." "Prevailing. or you will go about seeking for some other way. remain where you are. everything dies down to its root. it is the giving of oneself over to the inevitable. though. yet he suffers no hurt. The illusion that we can do anything of ourselves is our only adversary." This is how he described the way to come into possession of Tao. he endures forever. that sacrifice of the illusion of separate personality must come to every human being sooner or later upon the Path of Return." "This giving of oneself over to the inevitable is called preservation." "All things spring forth into activity with one accord. he is of Tao. Throughout these lessons our effort has been to make clear the truth that surrender to the cosmic order. and whither do we see them return?" "After blossoming for a while. called the "possessor of Tao. he is a king. everything that seems difficult to the average person easy for the magician." "Being a king. too. He has to develop his spiritual muscles by hard exercise." This is the sacrifice that the altar represents ." "Being celestial. . In ancient times.the symbol of the preservative Salt. illusion-fettered human being into a magician is not easy." "He who is great of soul is prevailing. The failure which results from this illusion is the only sin. he is celestial.

. what Theosophists call a Mahatma." that is. while the occult interpretation of these bodies may seem to be somewhat remote from the subject of magic. That is enlightenment. For. That is perfect coordination and symmetry. This.For that which is at once liberation and preservation is the understanding and living of truth. we say. in part. the understanding of the unity and order of the cosmos. In the next lesson you will learn more about it. which is. That is the consciousness which makes a human being "great of soul. In part. has its proper place in this course of lessons on the theory of magic. which were held in high esteem by the schools of theurgy in former times. it does help to awaken the magical consciousness. because we have by no means exhausted the significance of this simple geometrical solid. primarily. is what the altar of ceremonial magic symbolizes. and about the other four regular solids. Thus we feel that a discussion of the properties and meaning of the Platonic or Pythagorean solids. or a master.

will and courage. three such triangles can be combined to form a polyhedral angle. "The Greeks. There is such a polyhedron. . long before the Christian era. C) No regular polyhedron bounded by equilateral triangles had having more than five at each vertex is possible. (Fig. We hope. is not merely to make you familiar with the ancient esoteric meaning of the five Platonic solids. and is called a tetrahedron. and since each apex of an equilateral triangle is an angle of 60°. wherein nothing whatever happens by chance. three of these formed by the use of the equilateral triangle. ceremonials are of little avail unless they are backed up by knowledge. This has four faces. and it is seen then that a regular polyhedron can be formed. (pp. four equilateral triangles can be combined to form a polyhedral angle and it is seen. bounded by squares. Three right angles can be combined to form a polyhedral angle.A. one based upon the square of 90°. five equilateral triangles can be combined to form a polyhedral angle. The regular polyhedron next in order of simplicity to those formed by the equilateral triangle is the polyhedron formed by the square. and one upon the regular pentagon. It is seen. D) No regular polyhedron bounded by squares and having more than three at each vertex is possible. N. three at each vertex. you know about the cosmic order. As you have read in other lessons of this series. and cannot form a polyhedral angle. A) Since four angles of 60" are less than four right angles. bounded by equilateral triangles and having five each vertex. is primarily to develop in the magician a vivid realization of his place in the cosmic order. There is such a regular polyhedron. discovered that there could be but five regular solid bodies. to intensify your magical consciousness. 14 to 17). bounded by equilateral triangles. that a regular polyhedron can be formed. then. (Fig. which forms we shall now analyze as set forth by Euclid. "The simplest regular polygon is the equilateral triangle. and is called a cube or regular hexahedron. the better will you be able to discern your relation to it. It has twenty faces and is called the regular icosahedron. helps to strengthen the magical consciousness. then. therefore. that a regular polyhedron can be formed.V.Platonic Solids Because the purpose of the Magic of L. The purpose of this lesson. each of whose angles is a right angle. (See fig. for six or more angles of 60" are equal to or exceed four right angles. (Fig. There is such a regular polyhedron.X. for four or more right angles cannot form a polyhedral angle. or polyhedra. It has eight faces and is called a regular octahedron. It has six faces. whatever will tend to deepen or broaden one's mental grasp of the fact that this is truly an orderly cosmos. by setting these facts and some of their meanings before you. It is seen then that a regular polyhedron can be formed. and having four at each vertex. then. B) Since five angles of 60" are less than four right angles. The following description of the Platonic solids is taken from Nature's Harmonic Unity by Samuel Colman. bounded by equilateral triangles and having three at each vertex. The more.

. Three angles of 108" each can be combined to form a polyhedral angle. and the student who succeeds in making good models of the polyhedra will find himself amply repaid for his trouble. cutting them out and gluing the edges. This trinity of forms is now disclosed to be harmonic with all five of the polyhedra and they are therefore all that are necessary in an analysis of proportional spaces. are all that appear to the eye in regarding them. the pentagon. This can be done easily and with perfect accuracy by drawing on cardboard the following outlines. There is such a regular polyhedron. E) No regular polyhedron having more than three angles of 108" at each vertex is possible. and the hexagon by its equilateral triangle. the hexahedron. They should be somewhat enlarged for convenience in construction. the octahedron. excepting the Egyptian triangle with the angles of 38" 30' and 50" 30' and the ideal angles of 42" and 48" which will be considered later. "It would be well for the serious student to construct models of these five figures in order filly to comprehend their meaning. bounded by regular pentagons and having three at each vertex. It may easily be seen by examination that the square. and the dodecahedron are the only ones possible. each of whose angles contains 108".FIGURE 4A - THE POLYHEDRA "The next regular polyhedron is that formed by the use of the pentagon. It is seen then that a regular polyhedron can be formed. These five polyhedra. the icosahedron. It has twelve faces and is called the dodecahedron. the tetrahedron. (Fig." The patterns referred to in this quotation will be found on the next page.

the pattern of the tetrahedron will FIGURE 4B - CONSTRUCTION OF POLYHEDRA have a perimeter of 6 units. 10. and we shall explain them presently. We need not elaborate upon the significance of 6. that of the cube 14 units. to reveal. 14. The sum of the numbers 6. and that of the icosahedron 22 units. rampart. Page 227. 22 and 38 is 90. 38 refers by Gematria to ~ T K . 10. wall. jn. that of the octahedron 10 units. and Plato after him. that of the dodecahedron 38 units.Assuming that the boundary lines of these patterns are all composed of units of the same length (although they are not so represented in the patters given below). nj. and its Gematria is given in Lesson 9A. unused. together with the Neo-Platonic and Neo-Pythagorean schools (to . to uncover. to lay a thing open. spinning. These meanings are particularly related to the esoteric meaning of the dodecahedron. Each of these numbers is significant to students of the Ageless Wisdom. 14 or 22. new. moving one thing through another. 7ja. Pythagoras.

In these schools it was taught that the dodecahedron corresponds to ETHER. and it is equally certain that the Neo-Platonists and IVeoPythagoreans were influenced by Hindu philosophy. Thus it is not surprising to find that when we tabulate the various properties of the regular polyhedra. implying that its nature is like Water. This reminds us of the Hermetic axiom. the triangle 3 and the square 4. has 4 triangular faces I. the icosahedron to WATER and the cube or hexahedron to EARTH. for we read in Sai~skrit works numerous passages like the following: "She who is pure. since D and I. the implication is that Akasha and Apas. etrenal Mulaprakriti (root-matter) is Parabrahman itself and the Devata We (the supreme triad of Hinduism. the octahedron to AIR.which we are indebted for so much of our knowledge of the Ageless Wisdom). the Unmanifest and Subconsciousness are aspects of the same thing. the extremes (D and C) also total 84. "That which is above is as that which is below. and the cube by "C". Fire is Tejas. for convenience. as given in the Science of Breath. ascribed special properties to each of the regular polyhedra. has 8 triangular faces T. Now. Again. and so do the opposites (0and I). Water is Apas. the octahedron by "O". or the Quintessence and Water. and so does the pair below (I and C). The tetrahedron is the central point. Above it is a pair of numbers identical with the pair below. Ether. the icosahedron by "I". the tetrahedron to FIRE. (See Figure 4A) We know that Pythagoras studied in India. . are both represented by the number 60. or the Unmanifest and Subconsciousness. bearing in mind that the pentagon represents 5. keeping them in the order of the evoli~tion of the Tattvas. unmanifested reality is identical with the cosmic subconsciousness. We may sum this up by saying that the universal. if we apply the mathematical rule that "things equal to the same thing are equal to each other." Thus it is that we find the unmanifested Reality compared over and over again to a great ocean. has 20 triangular faces C. the Sanskrit work quoted in Lesson 4A. Ether and Water. and Earth is Prithivi. we shall designate the dodecahedron by the capital letter "D". if we take the hints they give. let us consider one aspect of the meaning of the polyhedra. D. and this is a direct echo of Hindu teaching. Brahrna. which represent Akasha and Apas. has 6 square faces = = = = = 2x5 8x 3 4x3 20 x 3 6x4 = = = = = 60 24 12 60 24 Observe the symmetry of this arrangement. the tetrahedron by "T". Air is Vayu. page 54. The symmetry of the arrangement is striking. Hereafter. or the Quintessence is the Akasha." The pair above (D and 0 ) totals 84. lead to valuable practical conclusions. The order in which they are mentioned in the preceding paragraph is the order of the evolution of the Tattvas. but it also points to some veiy extraordinary conclusions." For then. has 12 pentagonal faces 0. we find some striking symmetries which will. Vishnu and Shiva) worship.

and as being each a duplication. four in all. the number of . At first this may seem difficult to grasp. superconsciousness and "matter manifested. or 5 times the number of FIRE. because both the octahedron and the cube are represented by the number 24. and WATER and EARTH (I and C)." (Chapter 2. we may look for an identity between Vayu and Prithivi. but opposite in position. but based on different facts. (EARTH) has 12 edges Again. Air and Earth. Another table shows the same correspondences. The sum of these factors of 336 is 3 + 7 + 16 = 26. which are identical in form. but enabling us to compare the solids by . In like manner. say the Hindus. and makes it possible for us to perform works of power firmly established upon our knowledge of reality. as represented by the polyhedra. showing the same correspondences. while the faces of the octahedron are equal in number to the points of the cube. D. (AIR) has 12 edges T. since the atmosphere is made of molecules of gases composed of atoms. These combinations are: ETHER and AIR (D and O). And here we are very close to the knowledge which becomes fully unfolded in the magical consciousness. (ETHER) has 30 edges 0 . This suggests that a seven-fold expression of the universal FIRE or Fohat or Astral Light. the faces of the dodecahedron are equal to the points of the icosahedron. The tetrahedron corresponds to the number 12. is represented by all the pairs of elements whose combinations. so are electrons the basis of all the solider forms that we call earth. the points of the octahedron are the same in number as the faces of the cube. Similarly. and just as the root-substance of air is electrons. but it is scientifically true. that which we experience through the senses as matter is identical with that which we know in superconsciousness. The property of Vayu.iy. and that of Prithivi is cohesion. which is one-seventh of 84. (FIRE) has 6 edges I. and he formed large columns out of intangible air. give the total of 84. is motion.In like manner. ETHER and EARTH (D and C). paragraph 6). the knowledge which overcomes the illusions of appearance." This identity is hinted at by the Western symbols for Air and Earth. It is also suggested by this passage from the Sepher Yetzirah: "He created from the formless and made the non-existent exist. 4 x 84 = 336. Vice versa. Cohesion is the result of motion. or twofold manifestation of FIRE.i7. Since ETHER and WATER are both represented by 60. or 2 x 12. we may regard ETHER and WATER as being in some sense a fivefold manifestation of FIRE. AIR and WATER (0 and I). Here is another table. (WATER) has 30 edges C. the points of the dodecahedron are the same in number as the faces of the icosahedron. and 336 = 3 x 7 x 16. we may regard them as corresponding to each other. Since AIR and EARTH are represented by 24.

means of the numbers derived from adding together the numbers of the points. as explained in Lesson 2 D. as it were. Note also that in this table 62 and 26 are not only complementary. of the other. we arrive at the following: FIGURE 4C . AIR and WATER. which is the circumference number of the circle of Assiah. lines and faces of each figure: TABLE 4A Here the solids representing ETHER and AIR.PROJECTION OF CUBE Thus the number 37 is the sum of the least numbers of the five numbers which represent the . 88 is also the number of units around the base of the Great Pyramid. The number 88 is connected with the Pi-proportion and with the Great Pyramid. because 14 radius = 28 diameter. It is the number representing the circumference of a circle having a radius of 14. so that one is the reflection. and 28 x 3 117 = 88. as being the component numbers of 88. and EARTH and ETHER give 88 as the sum of the numbers representing each pair. WATER and EARTH. if the height of that structure be reckoned as 14. the number which corresponds to the tetrahedron. or FIRE in the table above. By reducing the numbers shown in the preceding table. but they are formed by the same digits.

but as Dr." The root-word from which all these New Testament appellations of Jesus Christ are derived is Hebrew.. has made lists of the names. something like three percent of all the words or phrases in the New Testament would be multiples of 37. which is built up from 64 small cubes. in the phantasmagoria of the appearances of the One Reality. The digits of 37 are the digits which particularly correspond to the Tree of Life. Each point represents one of the 64 constituent cubes in the great cube. the proper name H B L. Lighting a little hour or two--is gone. which is the number of IHCOYC XPICTOC. Jesus Christ. all is vanity. if we represent the cube of 4 x 4 x 4. to wave. The same noun is used again and again in Ecclesiastes. meaning. that we shall find no permanent happiness in the world of transient forms.geometrical properties of the Pythagorean solids. "when a large collection exhibits peculiarities for which the doctrine of Chance cannot wholly account. then other causes must be looked for and will probably be discovered. By the mere operation of the law of averages. that everything as Heracleitus said. that their writers understood the significance of the cube in question." he is saying just what Omar puts thus: "The worldly hope men set their hearts upon Turns ashes--or it prospers. beyond reasonable doubt. In another book he gives more than 500 Greek words and phrases. or 37 x 64. Like snow upon the desert's dusty face. The real meaning is "transientness. and anon. In one of the books written by him in conjunction with T. Lea. They are the wise man's recognition of the fact that all external conditions are fluid. the resulting diagram will be what is shown here. used in the New Testament." Thus the root-meaning is that of the rhythmic motion of the lifebreath. in the importance of the world's standards of success." These are not the accents of despair." or "transitoriness. They tell us. indeed. Frederick Bligh Bond. Now. The whole 64 stand for Truth. which is derived from a verb spelt with the same letters. epithets and types of Christ which are multiples of 37. which has 3 Supernal and 7 Inferior Sephiroth. by a series of points showing the symmetric aspect of that cube in flat projection." Thus when the Preacher says." The idea is ominous and sorrowful for those who have believed in the permanence of things. Abel. in the reality of appearances. after years of investigation. because the Greek word AAHOEIA=64. and thus 37 may be taken to symbolize the revealed or manifested truth. "Vanity of vanities. being translated "vanity" in our English Bibles. so that a man cannot bathe twice in the same stream. which correspond by Gematria to 2368. The reason that this is important is that the Gnosis of the New Testament books indicates. (their names are given in Lesson 1D) he gives more than a hundred examples. No more than 37 can be seen at any one time. "to breathe. "is becoming. We must find THAT which is behind . Lea says. and none of these lesser cubes 37 are visible.S.

The "miracles" of this One Thing which is No-Thing are partially interpreted by materialistic science. Thus 523 may be read as the (H) No-thing. is the Aramaic word for "heart". which you will remember as the metathesis of AL. Again. impalpable Reality." The belief. and if they drink any deadly thing." and that the whole purport of the teaching of the New Testament is completely misunderstood if we lose sight of the fact that it aims to develop in those who grasp and apply it a truly magical consciousness. EIL is the negative adverb. again. the conviction. they shall take up serpents. equivalent in meaning to LA. that the external world is plastic and fluidic. behind the dictionary definition. which can only be designated by negatives. the first step has been taken on the path which leads finally to absolute and magical mastery. 52 is 32. the fact that the key-number to all the dimensions of the polyhedra is 37. Priestcraft has done its best to conceal the truth. Now. they shall lay hands on the sick. which finally leads to such mighty works has its roots in the knowledge that all the conditions of human environment are expressions of an invisible. perhaps your belief that they may be moved will take form as the invention of a new high explosive." 52 is a combination of letters which has several meanings. But there is an esoteric meaning to this word HBL. But our laboratory researchers cannot get at the heart of the phenomena they observe so patiently and accurately. that the law of transition is at work in every detail of our environment. guided by their knowledge of astrology to the birth-place of the Liberator. Yet at Christmas-time we read again the story of the visit of the Wise Men. But there is another aspect of this truth. For we must remember always that the very name "Jesus" means "liberation. "courage. and originally it meant.these appearances if we would have a treasure that nothing can destroy. NOT. so that 523 may be read Qabalistically as "The Thirty-two" referring to the complete manifestation of the 32 paths of the Tree of Life. whose strength is the heart or core of all things 52. meaning master or Lord. And not even the effrontery of priestcraft. strength. or strength. It is when the imagination is set free from the belief in the permanence of Name and Form that the ground is rnade ready for the mustard-seed of conviction which develops into the great tree of confident expectation. It refers to the truth that all things are transitory expressions of the STRENGTH j x which is NOT-anything. you cannot have faith to niove them. When it is understood that every condition is impermanent. and they shall recover. they shall speak with new tongues." that it is synonymous in significance with the Hindu word "mukti. the Lord. it shall in no wise hurt them. What is missing? They do not see that all these transformations of electro-magnetic energy which they are so busy cataloguing and reducing to formulae are brought about by the mental activity of the One Power whose outward vesture is that same energy. They do not perceive that the whole cosmos is the IDEATION of the Life-Power. 52. but when you see that they are mere temporary waves upon the ocean of ETHER. ." 51 is also a contraction for BOL. has been equal to the suppression of the words which definitely establish the maigical quality of the Master's teaching: "And these signs shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils. So long as you believe in the permanence of mountains. "H" or Heh is the Hebrew definite article "the. despite all its false teaching that man is a worm of the dust. that whatever exists is the temporary self-expression of the power of THAT which is NoThing. coupled with the fact that this is the key-number of hundreds of names and epithets of Jesus in the New Testament means that liberation from bondage to conditions is the outcome of the realization that all things are transitory.

Now. too. in greater detail. or manifestation. the octahedron and the cube.The last few pages may seem to you to have been a long digression from the subject of the Lesson. It is a truly magical doctrine. by We are now familiar with the fact that this figure represents . in a work of Rhabanus Maurus 'de laudibus Sanctae Crucis'. and was the symbol of Hermes among the Greeks. thus: FIGURE 4D . measuring nine units every way. For in the symbolism of the Ageless Wisdom one of these figures is a constantly recurring type of the perfection of the cosmic order. and when. moreover. we find the opening words of the Fourth Gospel repeating Platonic and Pythagorean philosophy. AIR (Spirit) as the mediating principle (Octahedron). in the Rosicrucian allegory which describes that Vault as "a compendium of the universe. which is called "holy" because its . M.AMQ (primitive form) Thus. it is evident that behind the esoteric doctrines of Christianity there is hidden an esoteric doctrine. is the New Testament symbol of the New Jerusalem. we must be blind if we do not see that the real Christianity is inseparable from the stream of the Ageless Wisdom which preceded it.in7 the sum of its points. The Sepher Yetzirah says that FIRE corresponds to the Holy Letter. at least. Q. lines and faces (as does also the Octahedron). when we find an old Christian writer using symbols that represent FIRE (tetrahedron) as the ALPHA or Beginning. Shin. and the older Qabalistic doctrine you have learned from previous lessons. R." Thus we know that one of the polyhedra. signifLing the beginning. Middle and End.. and accomplishing them (as was said in the first of these Lessons) by the employment of magical words of power. just as does the cube which is the basis of construction for the Vault of Brother C. written in their primitive forms give us the outlines of the tetrahedron. is summed up in the properties of all five regular solids. there is a plate wherein the Nimbus of Jesus has the letters A. aiming at magical results. These letters. What has all this to do with the polyhedra? Quite a good deal. is widely employed to symbolize the perfection of the manifestation of that cosmic order which. In Hebrew tradition. for when we find New Testament titles of the Liberator repeating over and over again the number which synthesizes the properties of the polyhedra. it is said that Solomon's Temple was built of cubical blocks. The cube furnished the pattern for the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Tabernacle and Temple. and EARTH (cube) as the End. See now the agreement between the association of the letter ALPHA with the tetrahedron and FIRE.

O. Outbreathing or manifestation. Of this A. and in previous lessons you have learnt that R. (Note. as explained in Lesson 2 D.~>N are the seven spirits of God. which may be represented in our alphabet by A. note: AM0 (imperative). The Inbreathing involves (unfolds or unwinds) that same Breath from the complexities and limitations of name and form.r'/x nil. The symbol of this is the turning wheel or ROTA. and Aleph is identical with ALPHA. (reckoning final M as 600). This 14. and brings itself back to the Unrnanifest. The Sepher Yetzirah assigns this Ruach also to Aleph.also reduces to 5.M. (another 14). that A. too. either. the Hindu Pranava AUM is a variant. AIR. But this is an aspect we may pass for the time.O. but a cessation of motion). in Hebrew letters adds up to 671. the Life-Breath of the Gods. (mega). or LOVE. and thus links up the ideas of Beginning and Creative FIRE with that of the attraction between complements which pervades all existence. the number of the polyhedra. What we wish now to emphasize is that 14 is a numerical representation of the movement of the cosmic Life-Breath. andl to a Qabalist this immediately suggests the name 717. All states of ETHER. Its total numeration is 86 = 8 + 6 = 14.O. In other words. Thus in Hebrew as in Christian symbolism the Beginning of manifestation is associated with FIRE.O. inspiration and exhalation (with a pause between them. so that the word which makes 67 1=14 in Hebrew utilizes the letters that spell LOVE in the later tongue of science. this fact as well as tradition. It will not escape you.number. and the number also of the tetrahedron. WATER and EARTH are states either of Involution or of Evolution. is the spelling of LOVE in ati in^. The Outbreathing involves (winds up) the Fire-Breath in the conditions of Name and Form. "Love" = AMOR (noun) or AME . states of Involution exist simultaneously with states of Evolution. which is not a movement. Therefore.O. that 14 expresses numerally the idea of the manifestation of ORDER (4) through unity (1)).T. because breathing consists of two movements. and of the elements and Tattvas. 300. Hence the motion of the sevenfold Cosmic Breath may be represented as 2 x 7 = 14. AIR.M. Thus Ruach Elohim may be understood as "Life-Breath of the Seven. that has been studied in this lesson. symbolized by the tetrahedron. Ruach Elohim. and at any given period. = "I love". WATER and EARTH are states of name and form embodying the ]?IRE of the Life-Breath. All states of ETHER. for the cosmic breath has seven aspects)." (Incidentally. the idea of breathing is numerically represented by 2.A. The name Elohim also points at the same thing. The Cosmic Fire-breath is dual. mid so is the A. and lnbreathing or return to the m a n i f e s t .M. We shall pass. it is evident that the number 14 is the key-number of the tetrahedron. all the interesting deductions which might be drawn from the fact that 14 is the diameter number of the Creative World. And each letter Ed. but has a numeral value which is the number of LOVE (DVD) in Hebrew. Traditionally the Elohim D'. too. the Life-Breath is involving itself at one point at the very moment: it is evolving itself at another.M. From the Table 4A. David. is the value of the words ov.

Osiris is a sun-god (Fire). son of Osiris and Isis. represents the Ruach. periodicity. and alternation represented by 8. interchange. and this angle's numeral value is represented by the total number of edges in the polyhedra. or 3. or 4. FIRE is central. We hardly expect you to see the force of some of these details at first reading. except that the last two are reversed. Isis typifies Mother Earth. the angle formed by the lines of Osiris and Isis is the angle of 90°. It represents the expression of RECIPROCATION. That which represents EARTH corresponds to ISIS. which is also 90. therefore AIR ( 0 ) H: letter of Aries. or fifth essence. There is another detail about the polyhedra which we must take into consideration. One of our aims is to revive this hdamental aspect of Christianity. therefore EARTH (C) M: letter of the element of WATER (I) The order of the elements in this word is the order of the evolution of the Tattvas. FIRE and WATER. and they correspond to Osiris. the square the number 4 and the pentagon the number 5. The purport is evident. and. perhaps. The polyhedra with triangular faces represent AIR. which is the Quintessence. Nor should we overlook the significance of the number 86. thus: A: letter of Ruach. therefore FIRE (T) I: letter of Virgo. ETHER and AIR are above. Horns. really ETHER (D) L: letter of Libra. an atmosphere god also (Air). and WATER and EARTH are below. as careful examination of Egyptian myth will show. more or less far-fetched) we know from experience that the contemplation of these mathematical truths will lead the mind at last to a deeper perception of the hidden symmetries of the cosmic plan. The triangle is the number 3. the Neo-Platonists and Christianity. one has faces formed from the square. Isis (4) and Horns (5). Three have faces formed from equilateral triangles. so that in the construction of the polyhedra we find once more the familiar numbers of the old Egyptian triangle of Osiris (3). The real meaning of what lies behind all this strange symbolism is simple enough. The reason that this lesson on the polyhedra has been introduced at this point is to show that there is a thread of connection between the mystery symbols of Egypt. And although all this xplanation of numbers and geometry may seem to be very complex (and to many readers. Furthermore. or 5. which is the value of Elohim.of ALHIM corresponds to one of the elements. India. that its aims are precisely the same as those of the older faiths which preceded it. a Nile-god (Water). of the alchemists. or ETHER. Everything that . from another angle we arrive at the very same idea that the Life-Breath is a rhythmic pulsation of Evolution and Involution. That which typifies ETHER corresponds to Horus. and one has pentagonal faces. and the like (6) through the RHYTHM. In these days when the land is filled with the disputes of jarring sects. Thus. Thus we find the basic numbers of the triangle in the construction of these Platonic solids. The sum of the squares on the three sides of this triangle is 50 (32 + 42 + 52) and 50 is the number of the faces of the polyhedra and also the number of their points or verticles. the fact seems to be forgotten that Christianity is essentially a magical religion.

no limitation so fixed that it cannot be overcome. and as the innumerable rays of a circle are united in a single centre. For the knower of Self.. so it is also with the Mysteries.exists is an appearance of a single reality. All the appearances are transitory.y of appearances. None has permane:nce. all riches in one treasure only. It is not that these manifold symbols have any magical power of their own. The value of this kind of study is that it exercises a power of the mind which is not properly developed by our modem methods of schooling. every beauty in a single object. The Emerald Table advises us to separate the subtle from the gross. no obstacle is insuperable. He who knows this has found the key to understand everything. therefore. every happiness in one perfect felicity. when he writes: "As infinity in numbers loses itself in the unit which is their basis. we must devise as many means as we can to help us in the work of distinguishing the Permanent or Real from the Impermanent or Apparent. all strength in one force. and this is the really valuable result of the study of compar. That is. the fixed from the volatile with great ingenuity. But the mere assertion of this truth is not enough.ative symbology. The study of the mathematical properties and correspondences of the polyhedra is one such application of ingenuity.. At first one seems to be lost in a maze of strange signs and emblems. Many others are required in order to overcome the hypnotism of those volatile. no condition unalterable. He who has discovered this way possesses everything therein. all wisdom in one book alone. but finally comes the realization which Eckhartshausen expresses in The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary. That is not why you are asked to become familiar with their esoteric meaning. their hieroglyphics and infinitude of emblems have the object of exemplifying but one single truth." . and all at once. This is the important thing to grasp. ephemeral conditions of Name and Form which seem to us so fixed and unyielding. From the perception of the symbolic correspondences between the letters of the alphabet of nature the mind is led to the realization of the unity which is veiled behind the multiplici1.

" The Mysteries of Magic.i (=95 + 375 = 470). It must be longitudinally perforated without splitting or breaking it. and concealed it beneath their long mantles. a description full of blinds. occupying its whole length. no one should boast of having it. It must be cut with a single blow. and should be made by an initiate possessing the great Arcanum. otherwise it will lose all its virtue. nor with the fork of the necromancers. In the middle of the rod must be placed two rings. The rod and other instruments. The hazel is especially attributed to the Moon. On the copper ring must be engraved these characters . but one which contains many clues to the real significance of this implement: "The magic rod. showing the simple divining rod only in public. must be introduced. and on the zinc one na>w 15n. The length of the magic rod should not exceed that of the operator's arm. then a polyhedral prism triangularly out (that is. . the other of zinc.) Even a cursory reading of this description ought to be sufficient to show that it is not intended to be taken literally. the magician should never use it except when alone. one of red copper. the rod must be gilt on the side of the resin. and silvered on the side of the prism up to the central rings. Eliphas Levi gives the following description of the magic wand. which has never ceased since the misty origin of the transcendent science. or golden sickle. The consecration of the rod should last seven days. the material of the wand is to be the wood either of the almond or hazel. But the clues to the real meaning are abundant. nor with the trident of Paracelsus. and what you have already learnt concerning the symbolism of those suits should prepare you to understand the further developments set forth in this lesson.iv-rp. before the sun rises. straight beam. and both these trees are symbolic of the power of Kether. and to the other a similar figure of black resin. These implements are represented by the four suits of the Tarot. p. Note the emphasis on the idea of singleness or concentration. and at the moment when the tree is about to blossom. or some allegorical scepter made of ivory or ebony. and it must be wrapped in silk to the extremities exclusively. must be carefully hidden. a tetrahedron). Many ancient magi made it only the length of the forearm. This is the transmission of the magical priesthood. but the rod above all. In the first place. The manner of transmitting the rod is one of the secrets of science which it is never permitted to reveal.i~ i w n=l (596 + 414 = 1010). and the secret of its consecration should be transmitted on condition of absolute confidence and discretion alone. and should not even handle it unnecessarily. The almond about to blossom refers to Kether itself. and under no pretext should the magus permit it to be seen or touched by the profane. and a needle of magnetized iron. he should not so much as refer to it in any clear and precise was. the true and absolute magic rod. according to the nature of their operations.Magical Instruments and Vestments In ceremonial magic four principle implements are employed: the Wand. the Cup. and so to the path of the letter Gimel. beginning at the new moon. 206 (Parentheses are ours. must be a single and perfectly straight beam of the almond or hazel tree. The magic rod is the Verendum of the magis. must be fitted to one of its ends. which must not be confused with the simple divining rod. The rod must be a single. which proceeds from Kether. but by a single blow with the magic pruning-knife. the Sword and the Pentacle. and himself having a consecrated rod.

and this was the name of the place where Jacob is said to have had the dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder. the cause of all limitations and "evils" on which account the feminine principle represented by the moon has always been designated in the books of the wise as the cause of the "Fall". represents the intermediary power between the Primal Will and its manifestations. is to be made of a single beam of this UNITING INTELLIGENCE. These ideas. Challah. the first High Priest of Israel. as corresponding to this power and to TI?.NCE of the 13th path. (which is a transposition of the letters) and to n7. . to deviate. 2) . This Shekinah (which Qabalistic Rabbis call the cohabiting glory) is in every respect the same as what the Hindus call Shakti. This departure. They therefore direct our thought to something which combines growth and augmentation (3) with order and regulation (4). important). are directly connected with Kether. These ideas. and to this path both the almond T ~ W the hazel ri5 are attributed. To a Qabalist. This was the rod of Aaron. which means "great" in a wide variety of applications-great in mass or size (weighty." Later connotations include the idea of forwardness and perversity. or earliest of the Sephiroth. TI?is also a verb whose primitive meaning is "to twn away. or divine agency through which God rules the world. as you car1 see. the feminine power which is the Mulaprakriti and working principle in all things. The last is particularly interesting because it combines the letters of Venus (D) and Saturn (Tv) and so indicates that the Law is an expression of the creative imagination (11) in activities leading to concrete.to be zealous. or involution is. to be eager for or intent upon something. z?n. as we have tried to make clear throughout these lessons. The magic and rod. therefore. (=43). hazel. that all these words referring to hazel wood are represented by the number 43. therefore. in dignity (authority). The alternative wood. For that path is the path of the Moon. that is to say. are directly related to the notion of magic power expressed by the rod. on the Tree of Life. because Kether is the first. is to the fashioned from a single ray. so that it is symbolically representative of the potency ascribed to the magic rod.. That power. and it is the symbol of the departure of the energy from Kether (onits way down to Tiphareth. Notice. great in vehemence (violent). in eminence (distinguished). of course. And the words which correspond to 7pV. The derivation is from a verb spelt with the same letters. too. is represented by the UNITING 1NTELLIGE. and these have a bearing upon later meaning of the path of the letter Gimel. is named TI'. Corresponding to TI?by Gematria are 5171. to attend carehlly. descent. These words represent the outgoing affirmative quality of the primal Will of Kether. By Gematria. whose name means "enlightened or lofty". and because it therefore represents the first awakening of the Life-Power into activity at the dawn of the Cosmic Day. The prototype of the magical rod is described in the Bible as being of almond wood (Numbers 17). 7pw corresponds to ~ 7 7sacred. and the name refers to the earliness of its flowers and fruit. which means 1) to hasten away. Another word which corresponds to 115 by Gematria is z?n. which is interpreted by Qabalists as representing the Shekinah. . LVZ would suggest intense power and value.In Hebrew the almond is 7pw (=404). specialized results. or 404 are designated by a number which shows the essential order (4) of the Limitless Light (0) expressing itself in the regulation of all things (4). edict or commandment. or one particular specialized expression of the power which descends from Kether through the 13th path. a law.

because it is an excellent example of the way in which a writer well versed in symbolism can convey occult instruction for the initiated in terms which make apparent sense to the uninitiated. too. symbolized by 4. What he is talking about is the magician's central. as represented by Strength in the same book of symbolic wisdom. We have been at some pains to indicate the clues to the real meaning of Levi's description of the magic wand. and the zinc refers to Jupiter. The gilt at one end of the rod is a symbol of the sun. It is called the Verendum. and this is the numeration of ninw YZW. He follows this by a reference to the moon as being important in connection with the consecration. of black resin. This. This name has the value of 470. Furthermore. The two prisms refer to the fire-power symbolized by the tetrahedron. One is of crystal. The silver at the other end is a symbol of the moon. And he gives priceless practical instruction when he says that it must be kept carehlly hidden. There is M. The letters on the ring of zinc may be translated "(The) King Solomon". and we have seen that the hazel and almond both refer to the path of the Moon. The rings in the middle of the rod are of copper and zinc. Note that its reduct is 13. The other. which corresponds by Gematria to DVR DVRIM. and the reduction of the total value of the Hebrew letters on the wand gives the number 13. and Th. The total value of these Hebrew letters is 1480. The same results come from the reduction of 1480. Note that their numeral value is a double 10. but having special reference to secrecy or privacy. the symbol of Fohat and of its direction. which is literally "Seven Sabbaths". so that the Qabalistic treatment of the letters on the wand bring us at last to the consideration of Unity and Love (both represented by 13) and finally to the idea of Order.The needle of magnetized iron represents the Mars-force. too." to indicate that the extent of the aspiration. which is the square of seven. The red copper ring refers to Venus. Hence. and this number 49. the very word "rod" in Hebrew is oa =49. represents the absorption of light. . It is said that "the length of the rod should not exceed that of the operator's arm. so that the profane may never touch or see it. or Rajasic energy of desire which must animate the volition of the magus. or "(The) King of Peace". or one-pointed purpose which it symbolizes should not be out of his reach. or eternity. dominant purpose--the one particular tendency of the Life Power which he has set himself to realize. a cycle of cycles. is one with which we meet constantly in works devoted to practical occultism. is the 13th path. The Hebrew letters on the copper ring may be translated "Jerusalem the Holy". so that we have here the essence of the idea which Levi expresses elsewhere when he says that a magician should work as if he had all eternity in which to complete his operation. Seven periods of seven days are forty-nine days. Consider. and its least number 4. and so related to the powers of Venus. a Latin word synonymous with lingam or phallus. representing the transmission of light. because the immediate source of the power of any magician is actually the nerve-force ordinarily expressed through the organs of reproduction. no sooner has Levi mentioned these letters. corresponding to the Hanged Man in the Tarot. what its letters mean. than he tells us the consecration of the wand should take seven days.

and then varnished with some water-resisting substance." Now.For the true rod of miracles in the ONE AIM which you have set yourself to realize in life. it must be employed to make some gesture or other indication of the power descending through the path of Gimel from Kether. and it is what happens when you receive this inner teaching that Levi means when he says. Every time the wand is used in ceremonial. We recom~mend having this done by somebody who understands all about paints and their application to glass. This means that the ONE AIM must be kept sacred." and that Self already possesses a consecrated rod. This form of wand is excellent from the point-of-view of symbolism. in ordinary ceremonial. Hence it must invariably remind the magus of the eternal self-direction of the Life-Power toward the production of beautiful results. from that indivisible principle of unity. that it must not be the subject of too much thought. no such elaborate preparations are required. the wand must represent all these ideas. The prototype of the magic cup is the silver cup used by Joseph for divination. which. says Levi. The times when you dwell upon it should be times set apart for the very best that is in you. seated in Kether. such as may be bought at the shops which deal in supplies for stage conjurors. The black body of the wand represents the hidden force of the magical will. One magician of our acquaintance uses a common black wand with ivory tips. Hence. The preferable material is black glass. and black is the absorption of every hue. None may become a magician who cannot keep his own counsel. and the secrecy which the magician must maintain concerning his one aim. . black and white. Ganesha. innermost purpose must come to you as an intimation from the highest Self. but when this cannot be procured. plus the special aim or purpose which he has come to realize as a result of listening to the Voice of his innermost Self. That Self is the "initiate possessing the Great Arcanum. The contrast of colors. moreover represents the combination of Will (Kether) and Understanding (Binah) since Kether is whitt: and Binah is black. the archetypal world. as representing the lingam. one must be careful that the wand is used in the right places. above all. It is prima:rily a symbol of receptivity. From that self alone may you learn the one high purpose for which you have entered into incarnation. For each magician. Do not talk about it. inasmuch as the path of Gimel ends in Tiphareth. the god of wisdom. for otherwise the ceremonial will be more or less confused. never of light or doubtful thought. Your true. which is names IChl. and the auto-suggestive value w ~ l lbe lessened. in making rituals. serves the same symbolic purpose as the more elaborate symbolism of the wand described by Levi. "The manner of transmitting the rod is one of the secrets of science which it is never permitted to reveal. and to represent the correct ideas. corresponds t:o the letter YOD. in contrast to the wand. The cup repre:sents the second letter of IHVH. For white is the synthesis of all colors. even when alone. Do not handle it unnecessarily.DH. This emphasis on secrecy is not to be lightly passed by. and to the powers of Kether and Chokmah. and this letter is assigned to Binah. which. Consequently every aspect of color-vibration is included in this combination of black and white. an ordinary glass goblet may be painted black. It should be made of crystal (which costs too much for ordinary students) or of glass. Jechidah. inside and out. Keep it concealed. The ivory tips are symbols of the elephant-god of India.

rather. A goblet of the shape shown here. because it corresponds to Gemini. and all the lustrations and other applications of that water refer to the paths proceeding from Binah. It contains the water of purification. This is one reason. and expressed as mental imagery proceeding from the principles of that Wisdom. should be written the words D ~ Y and KPN. It is used to contain the water of purification used in ceremonial work. and as such represents the descending current from Kether which traverses the 12th path of the letter Beth. and the cup is sometimes used for this purpose. In ceremonial .ryn. moreover. but that mingling. because it corresponds to the sign Cancer. ruled by the Moon and the exaltation of Jupiter. The 17th. the 14th path. Around its base. for the kind of divination commonly known as crystal-gazing. Chaiah which comes to Binah through the path of Daleth. will serve perfectly. This combination is what is symbolized by the water in the cup. predominate. is a path in which the powers of the subconsciousness. Thus. and the other is the 18th path of Cheth. mingled with the lifeforce proceeding from Universal Wisdom. is also a mixture of the qualities of Mercury and Venus. Into the cup of Binah. ruled by Mercury.The reason the cup should be black is that it is intended to symbolize Binah. who is subconsciousness as the generatrix of mental images. Another is that black is the best color for a magic mirror or divining crystal. and as intelligent classification of those facts. and is symbolized in the Tarot by the Magician. in a sense. which is not very unusual. as said before. with which we make our personal contact through intuition. Our magical cup then holds the impulses of the Primal Will. the cup represents the Great Sea of undifferentiated substance whence all forms are generated. and the whole cost will be well within the means of the average student. And the life-force . The 18th. carries and elaborates an influence which has its origin in the 12th path. The first of these is the 17th path of Zain. The 18th is completed in Geburah. For the 12th path which leads from Kether to Binah is tinged with the quality of Mercury. expressed as self-conscious attention to the facts of self-experience. is tinged with the Venusian quality represented by the Empress. represented by the path of Daleth. and its use in ceremonials has always to take this into account. the sphere of Saturn. The 17th path is completed in Tiphareth. The cup is a symbol of receptivity. after it has been painted black. \\ fJ I1 Figure 5A GOBLET - Because the cup corresponds to Binah. Hence the water in the cup represents the mingling of the Primal Will with the Life-Force. we must remember. n i . are poured the currents of the Life-Force from Chokmah. and this water is the symbol of the Astral Fluid. and. it is the particular symbol of intuition. in Hebrew letters. through the path of Daleth. And as a cup gives a temporary form to the water which is poured into it (so that if the water be frozen it takes the shape of the cup) this implement of the magician typifies the formative power of Understanding. Thus it represents the volition and attention of the self-consciousness. or universal substance. K .

in Levi's book) may be freely rendered "In the powers of IHVH how shall there be defeat?" The Latin motto means. comite ferro. my sword my companion. under the invocation of Michael. The sword must be thrust into a fire of laurel and cypress wood. The middle knot of the guard.It must be of pure steel with a copper handle made in the form of a cross with three pommels. and on the other the monogram of Constantine's labarum with the following words. and the Angel Michael all refer to the sixth Sephira. . or Pentagram. because this implement represents the personal (microcosmic) expression of universal (macrocosmic) powers. and wrapped up in silk with branches of vervain3. as it is seen in Agrippa. sphere of Venus. The sign of the Macrocosm is the six-pointed star or Hexagram. On the Pommel must be inscribed the Hebrew monogram of Michael.Sis mihi gladius Michaelis. these words being said: . you will see that from Kether to Tip'hareth inclusive there are six Sephiroth. and of this letter V. namely. or else with two crescents for guard. because gold is the metal corresponding to the sun. Vince in hoc. These are represented by the pentagram. The magical sword is thus described by Levi: "The sword is less occult. the sons of God. From Tiphareth to Malkuth inclusive there are five Sephiroth. sunlight. in the hours of sunlight. called 717 Ixn. The successive numbers of the Hebrew words are also significant: P ~ ' / = 93 ~ '/rt 712.l?n~.ills'/. and that of the Microcosm on the other. and the sign of the Microcosm is the: fivepointed star. Beni El. Its steel blade represents Mars and the Sephirah Geburah." If you will study the diagram of the Tree of Life. moistened with the blood of the mole or serpent. it must then be dried and polished with ashes of the sacrecl fire. Mogun David or Shield of David. property." The key to the understanding of this symbolic description is to be found in the fact that the sword is to be consecrated on Sunday. Netzach. "I conquer in this. These are represented by the Hexagram. the sword is the symbol. possession. They are combined in the sword. 142 . under the invocation of Michael. a ~K = shield. is the sixth Sephira. symbol of aspiration. with its gold plate. or seal of the Microcosm.Ims 'D 213' a"ms (93+26+50+67 = 236) must be engraved on one side. or seal of the Macrocosm. Ixn. Tiphareth. it must then be perfumed with the perfumes of the Sun. the characters .uses of the water in the cup. For Sunday. . Its copper handle represents the Sephira which is the complement of Mars. which should be covered with a gold plate. as it is represented ill the Enchiridion of Leo 111. rhihich must be burned on the seventh day. frankincense. On the middle knot of the guard. E d n o t e : a l s o c a l l e d Verbena. to produce the most satisfactory results. in the hours of sunlight. The Hebrew characters (which are printed with many typographical errors. every emblematic employment of the fluid must express ideas connected with one of other or these two paths. destiny. the sign of the Macrocosm must be engraved on one side:. to which Qabalists particularly assign the V or IHVH. and must be made in the following manner: . in this connection. used in Hebrew as emblem of God the Protector. with God my guide. The consecration of the sword must take place on Sunday. Deo duce. and especially connected with the Hexagram. here corrected. in virtute Elohim Sabaoth funiant a te spiritus tenebrarum et reptilia terrae.

Geburah is the fiery Mars-force which we feel as WILL. Vince in hoc signes or "I conquer in this sign" refers to the cruciform shape of the sword.n. Tiphareth is IMAGINATION. This curious and characteristic bit of Qabalistic symbology is a clue to the Hebrew motto on the sword. Tzabaoth. sword. 67 = a number also given in the dictionary. i.1' does. The Latin motto implies the same idea. Nor should we forget that the magical sword. the name of the seventh letter. here is a hint that all the powers which are symbolized by the magical sword are really the vibrations of the cosmic light manifested through the zodiac. indeed. and this is signified by "Comite ferro. and TzBA. our agency. 3x3 = 236.n. . and thus symbolizes the powers of the personal consciousness. Chesed is the sphere of MEMORY. or Chokrnah (because I of IHVH is assigned thereto).fate. is the number of the Rabbinical word yaip. but the infinite powers of the One Life. in a measure. Understanding and 1'7. the V in .17refers to the Sephiroth from Chesed to Yesod inclusive." Finally. a host. which designates the letter Tau. The powers of the sword are primarily the powers of Chokrnah. represented by the paths joining these Sephiroth. It therefore denotes the powers collected and hidden in the supernals prior to manifestation. is the secret of our magical victories. as we have learned that Chokmah is the sphere of the zodiac. since to Binah is referred H (=5) and the fifty Gates. These powers. 'n = 50. Careful study of the diagrams in Lesson 10 of Section A will help you to understand it better. our aid. Binah. the magical sword is our companion. We win them because in our theurgy. This. Hod is INTELLECT. and the other words given under that number are to be found in the Qabalistic dictionary. the sum of all these names." Now. "with God for my guide.in7 26. which may be resolved into five fingers. To Vau the Sepher Yetzirah assigns the power of HEARING. and to the various words having the same number given in the Qabalistic dictionary. (as may be seen from the English word pugilist. Of like import is the sign of the Hexagram on the pommel. = It emphasizes the powers of the Self-Existent One. What is meant is that all the activities of personality are really specializations of cosmic forces.e. and army (of which the plural. or god-working. which is particularly referred to 313. Rosenroth says it is YOD (the Hand). as corresponding to V of . We do so as conscious instruments of the Life-Power. And. and this refers to the Gates of Understanding. which Knorr von Rosenroth translates as Pagillus in his Kabbala Denudata.. represent the particular powers associated with Vau as a letter. of the Father. and the connecting activities. not our own puny personal forces. to the squares of the Pythagorean Triangle. This word signifies the hand as a weapon. whose extension (the opening of the fist) is effected in Binah. we consciously wield and direct. is used in the divine names assigned to Netzach and Hod). n l u s . and the crystallizing. Yesod is the AUTOMATIC CONSCIOUSNESS. or the cell-consciousness of the animal organism. and this is what is meant by Deo duce. are what is represented by the magical sword. derived from it). so that it is the letter which particularly represents the subtle principle of . Netzach is DESIRE. specializing power of human activity. the vibration of Saturn.

and the names upon it will be filled in with orange paint or with gold. are written. if the work be an undertaking which is under the presidency of the Sun. These names and sigils are first engraved cln the surface of the wax with a stylus. angel of the sun. Thus. whose sphere is in Yesod. sigils. and the Maid herself Bee-like. and the writing will be in silver or blue. will bear the magic square of 6 x 6. which proceeds from the ninth Sephira. as Lady of Generation. which will be easier to grasp if we know the mythological significance of the bee. the use of beeswax for the pantacle is a symbolic reminder of the fact that the appearances of the external world are really differentiations or projections of subconsciousness in terms of time. To wield the magical sword is to make use of the potencies of sound-vibration and this is the basic power in all production of forms. So for all the other works. the color complementary to orange. or Akasha. the magic square will be one of 9 x 9. and beeswax. On the reverse side of the pantacle. is particularly susceptible to impression by certain of the finer vibrations of the astral light.Sound. writes: "The Ancients. Concerning this. and to Malkuth among the Sephiroth. and engraved with the sigils and names relating to the particular magical operation to be performed. under the patronage of the Sun. As a product of the work of bees. They also called the Moon the Bee. thus represents the sphere of the elements. For works of divination and mysteries. represented in the Tarot by the suit of Coins. should be a brief statement of the specific result which the operation is intended to accomplish.and the 'Goci who steals the Bull' (Mithra) occultly signifies generation." The Moon. to the element of Earth. made of beeswax. souls coming into birth are Ox-born . names. Their very substance is the subconsciousness. and so corresponding to the final Heh of IHVH. written in the color which is complementary to that in which the sigils. space. used to call the priestesses of Mother Earth Bees. Its plasticity represents the amenability of the external world to control by mental imagery. the names and sigils will be i. Malkuth. and the magical names belonging to the Tiphareth. under the patronage of the Moon. Tradition says it is a disk. Porphyry. The material. name and form. to the world named Assiah. The things which make up our environment are emanations of the subconsciousness. is the subconscious plane of mind. but there is a deeper meaning than this obvious one. and when not in use will be wrapped in a bag of the same color.hose belonging to Yesod. if the work be a work of light and wealth. the Foundation or basis. we come to the Pantacle. and the pantacle used must bear the magic square. whose names and sigils are written in orange. It will be encased in a bag of orange silk. as the product of the Bee or Moon. the Neo-Platonist. beeswax. sphere of the Moon. in that they were initiates of the Terrence Goddess. and names corresponding to the Sephira which is the sphere of that planet. And he who is master of his mental imagery is able to malke his . the pantacle will have the sigil of Michael. and Bees are Ox-born--that is. and then filled in with the proper colors. In other words. written in the corresponding color. and especially because (with the Magians) the Moon in exaltation is the Bull. Each is under the presidency of one of the planets. it is of course a symbol of the results of industry. the statement of the work to be done will be written in blue. moreover. Finally. etc. Thus.

but because in this elementary study of the subject. The salt is a symbol of preservation. It is darkness to our eyes and intellects. and its color black. and for some rituals. an apron similar to those worn by Free Masons. which is symbolized by the incense. camphor and aloes. wherein all lesser lights are swallowed up. fire. The inner robe should be of woolen stuff. For works of Mars. For works of Jupiter. Thus by color it represents the primal Night which to uninitiated eyes appears to be night but which every seer who has experienced superconsciousness declares to be a radiance surpassing any light we see on earth. a girdle in the form of a serpent. such as is used on altars in the Roman church. ceremonial work requires incense. it would be futile to enter into detailed descriptions. and it serves. the incense (in process of combustion) air. For works of the Moon. Some writers are of the opinion that the vestments should include an outer robe and an inner robe. also. For works of Mercury. and the oil one aspect of the watery element. containing a large wax candle. We have left the description of the magical vestments to the last.environment what he will by reason of his power to express patterns upon this universal subconscious plane of being through the channel thereto provided by his personal subconscious mind. With it are combined liquid storax. as the ash and salt represent earth. Since this course of lessons is concerned principally with the theory of ceremonial. It is used for lighting the charcoal on which the incense is cast. not because it is unimportant. It syn~bolizes AIN SVP AVR. and the leaves of myrtle. the Limitless Light. The ashes of the incense are mixed with salt. dragon's blood. mace and storax. and a crown. Thus the black inner robe is often called "The Robe of Glory". pepper. The magical fire may be a small red lamp. Each kind has its particular correspondence to one of the planets. the exact proportions of the elements used in the incense and oil are not here given. pungent odors. Others say that the two robes and a silken girdle are sufficient. In addition to the four implements. (for Mercury). too. and like hot. and for the consecration of the water into which they are cast. rose. Others substitute a hood or cap for the crown. but it is also the Primordial Glory. For works of Venus. The base of the oil is pure olive oil (representing the order and measurement of the sphere of Jupiter). camphor (for the Moon) and benzoin (for Venus). mastic. cedar and saffron. red sandal. consecrated oil. These are mingled and cast into the water to represent the nucleus of the Tmasic quality around which are crystallized the material results of the magical work. the principle ingredients are clibanum (frankincense) and cinnamon. Rituals of magic include formulae for the consecration of the ash and salt. The ash represents the material element in aspiration. are lit all the fires or lights which may be required in certain ceremonials. The incense is of various sorts. white sandal. This fire represents the cosmic fire. for the ceremonial purification of the blade of the magic sword. For works of Saturn myrrh (and in evil magic) assafetida and sulphur. before it is used in making the signs of the Pentagram or Hexagram. From it. and are mingled with the water of purification. . For works of the Sun.

Its cut is unimportant. Blue for operations under the dominance of the Moon. (we say because on account of the derivation of the word "color. Scarlet for works of Mars. as seen on the following page: . inasmuch as white is the balance or equilibrium of all colors. Yellow for those of Mercury. which is called the Robe of Concealment because it is either of a specific color. or it may be a ca:ssock such as is worn by priests. or else of white linen or silk representing all colors. under the rulership of Mercury. With this will be worn a girdle of yellow silk. (Color complements are those which are opposite each other in the color-chart. The outer robe. because it is the symbol of the formless Light. The black inner robe may be cut like the outer one. to conceal). and deep Indigo for the works of Saturn." from the Latin celare.) But we may simplifl matters by using only a white robe.The outer robe may be of a color appropriate to the specific work--orange for works of the Sun. symbolizing the restrictive power of the intellectual selfconsciousness. Green for those of Venus. Violet for those under the influence of Jupiter. When these colored outer robes are used. or hereafter described. the silken girdle should be of the complementary color. is cut so as to represent one form of the Taucross.

but worse than useless if it be worn without a real knowledge of its meaning. Yet others find it best to devise their own larnen. or hung by a white cord from his neck. Tau also refers to Saturn. Embroidered upon the breast of the outer robe. Some use a simple crucifix--which is a perfect symbol if only it be understood. or symbolical summary of his understanding of the cosmos. Book Four. because a magician is one who by his knowledge of the hidden laws of the Life-Power's selfexpression. takes a conscious active part in the administration of those laws. Administrative or Assisting Intelligence. and many enclose it in a vesica piscis. Such a larnen is pictured in a little book on magic which is meat for those who can digest it. and to the 32rd path on the Tree of Life. entitled. We prefer the lamens which are the result of the magician's own ingenuity. Part 2. The name of that path. the magician also wears a lamen. the better. describes the magical consciousness. . Others wear some variation of the Rose and Cross. and so represents the force of crystallization which is at work in all practical applications of occult law.F i g u r e 5 B . as a rule. The simpler they are.GARNMENT The shape of this garment refers to the letter Tau.

which is the conscious operation of the cosnlic order through a human personality. is really creative imagination. Therefore traditionally it is said that Da'ath is the union of Chokrnah and Binah. You may read It thousands of books. These have come down to us from the past in the formula: TO KNOW. leading inward to the realm of causes. cannot be con~municated. connecting Chomah with Binah. or instrument of vision. definite and particular. but must also develop as much skill as he can in developing his understanding of the application of these principles. TO DARE. and Silence is . sum up its theory in four words. signi@ing definiteness.Courage is yax. Will is lin. and some commentary upon them. and their correlations. This is why you have been asked to learn numbers and their meanings.The Four Maxims As the implements of magic are four. is represented in the Tarot by the Empress. comes in its clearest and simplest form by way of the channel of the Secret Wisdom of Israel. must not only have a mental grasp of principles. For these symbols are all that we can communicate to you. It opens a door from the outer world of effects and appearances. we find that the beginning of magical knowledge. The last is Tau. that he who would attain to this knowledge which combines Wisdom and Understanding. It follows. attend innumerable lectures. indeed. nu7 The first letter of the word nu7 is the letter assigned to the 14th path on the Tree of Life. but the only way in which you can come into conscious possession of the true magical DOTv is bv evolving it from within. however.this is the four square foundation of magical practice. And those deductive processes cannot be exercised unless we given them something to work upon. named L~lminousIntelligence. TO BE SILENT. as the Qabalah speaks of four worlds and of four principles in the constitution of man. The second letter is 0. This. Its first letter is D. courage. the mark or sign. as represented by the letter D. The real magical knowledge. the Door. silence . magical knowledge requires us to exercise the deductive processes of the subconsciousness. It is. the Hebrew alphabet and its correspondences. the Tarot pictures. In other words. therefore. And since the art of magic is founded upon a tradition which. the Eye. signifies insight. not vague and general. we purpose in this lesson to give some account of the esoteric meanings of the four Hebrew words which embody these ideas. in the generation of ideas. suggesting entrance. so does magic. This path. couched in language which is itself symbolic and inadequate. is the reason for all the work that you have received up to this point in your studies. It develops vision of the inwardness of things. Knowledge. and since we have learned that she is a symbol for the response of the subconsciousness to selfconscious stimuli. True magical knowledge includes all these elements. TO WILL. finally. for us of the Western world. These symbols. as the letters of the Great Name are four.im. alchemical and astrological symbols. will. . Knowledge in Hebrew is nu7. must be evolved.

In a later lesson. Some day you might be passing a telegraph office. that the crash of the wireless in your receiving set had become significant. Certain aspects of it. perhaps. They are the seeds which you plant in your mental garden. At present it is sufficient to say that nut is an interior illumination. and the experience forever settles one's doubts as to the real existence of the Inner School. To make these possible. so to say. It is absolutely necessary to be letter-perfect in these matters. you would hear a definite message. leads directly to magical knowledge of practical value." But we would not have you underestimate the importance of the subconscious elaborations just mentioned. Jacob Boehme and the alchemists. It is necessary primarily because this material has life in itself. Sephiroth and Tarot Keys are firmly fixed in mind. practical rather than abstract. the 32 Paths of Wisdom. is the Great Magical Agent. They are not planted if they remain between the covers of the notebooks in which you preserve these lessons.The first step in that evolution is to learn the symbols. you might some day find. When full possession of the code language of the Inner School has put you on rapport with the mental broadcasting of its adepts. corresponding to the 15th Key of the Tarot. we shall recur again to the fact that the highest teacling is incommunicable. let this be the opportunity to correct the short-coming. is definite. you will be able to "listen in"' on a priceless store of wisdom. Not until they are incorporated in the substance of your brain-cells can the life within them begin to manifest itself. can the eye of the mind begin to perceive the relationships between them. From the telegraph sounder or from the wireless you would receive nothing but scraps of information concerning mundane affairs of little or no importance to you. But with a notable difference. and the peculiar arithmetical processes of the Qabalah. That knowledge. letters. and shall consider some of the reasons why this is so. It is necessary secondarily because this particular system of symbols is. not vague. if you know the Marconi signals. or the signals used in sending Marconigrams. It may well be that in earlier lessons we have not sufficiently emphasized the importance of thorough familiarity with the Hebrew letters. might possibly be put into words. The subject of that illumination. Once experienced. moreover. on the Great Arcanurn. Eliphas Levi tells us that this agent is "the devil of esoteric dogmatism. and instead of hearing meaningless noises from the sounder." and thus we know that it is represented by the letter Ayin. For not until they become interior objects. We may say ex1)licitly that the symbolism of this Tarot Key. Or. But one's own needs are best met by the deductive process which begins as soon as the numbers. is the main reason for learning the symbol-language thoroughly. What will sooner or later happen to you if you become thoroughly familiar with these symk)olsis precisely what would happen to you if you learned the Morse alphabet. If we have been at fault in this particular. so that after many experiences of this kind one is able to recognize the characteristic quality of the "sender. indeed. the means of communication between adepts of the Inner School. We make no secret of the fact that some of the best things in these lessons have come in just this way. and to keep oneself letter-perfect by daily exercise. to your delight. rightly understood. so that if it be really deposited in the subconscious it will begin to grow. Often it has a distinctive tone of its own. this "listening-in" will never be confused with one's own subconscious elaboration of the symbols. It is interesting to listen in. that with which it is concerned. and has been for many centuries. .

become the King Himself. or made (even temporarily) to defeat itself. In the first place. not formula-knowledge. the working out of a particular aspect of the Creative Will. We regard it. refer to this new vision. When you experience it you will know it as the most certain knowledge that you have. and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. and without reservation. And here and there in these lessons we have made one or two like attempts. which leads to confident. He knows too that this special part of the work is indispensable. is the nature of the magical knowledge. It is primarily a force. and has. and a physical force. for magicians. But we can at least put you upon the right track. can have any adequate idea of the glory and wonder of this experience. in brief. Literally. no matter how clearly the words one uses appear to the writer or speaker to convey his meaning. And when one has thus truly seen. The last letter of nut. we think. a work to do." for as a result of it one comes to see . and that above all. the magical will is recognized by the initiated as the out-pressing into manifestation of that Limitless Light which centers itself in our world-system in the Sun. so far as they affect people who have not already developed within themselves an inkling. and seen with the inner Eye. But we are of the opinion that our efforts have been no more successful than those of Boehme or the alchemists. and when it blossoms in the garden of the mind it is truly an experience that is properly named "The Renewing Intelligence. because it is primarily this One Energy which always is pressing itself into manifestation. The magical knowledge is knowledge of that which is symbolized by the Devil. therefore. we can say definitely that this experience comes as the result of subconscious elaboration of the symbols of the Ageless Wisdom which have been transmitted to us from the past. Yet the word 11x1 affords many clues. is commonly of short duration. not book-knowledge. to make you understand that it is not ear-knowledge. as its raison d'etre. From a few minutes to an hour is the average length of this clear vision of reality. Some of these have been considered in other lessons. at least. Our understanding of psychology enables us to determine that it is not miraculous (except as all natural processes are miraculous).indeed.that the world in which we live is quite other than what we formerly supposed. but as a common principle in which all of us have a share.to see with his inner eye. Will. too. because of its intensity. a part of the Great Plan to materialize. That is. The experience itself. inasmuch as he knows that every part of his personal life has. But none but those who have entered the Door. But the memory never fades. of the truth. He has entered the kingdom. Remember what we have just said. it will serve to fix the ideas more definitely in your minds. it is not in the least vague. Will comes next. with his outer sense of sight . And. But enough has been said. have tried to do so. And this vision is an inner and outer perception of the Beauty which dwells in all things whatsoever. at that. This . but we fear that we have fallen far short in our attempts to declare it. and to perceive. we reject as unthinkable and unreasonable the notion that it can anywhere be turned against itself. For there seems to be something in the very nature of the spoken word which makes it an inadequate medium for the transmission of this class of ideas. So does the 21st Key of the Tarot. is no abstraction. in effect. one knows beyond per-adventure that he has a place in the schema of things. Nothing can take away from you the recollection of the experience. Nothing can shake this certainty. because it is only when we truly know that we can really will. and always in harmony with itself. it is the power that radiates to us from the sun. it is knowledge received from within. Although it is apparently incommunicable. yet cool and intellectual. expectation of the ultimate perfection of the Great Work in which we all have a part. but if there be some repetition here. not in any sense as being any person's possession. Such.

even though the illusion that they present will affect him just as cen~ainly as they will anybody else who is incarnate in terrestrial conditions. comes the knowledge of all animal sounds. comes mastery of the elements. By perceiving the impressions. He always listens. The third letter of l i n is a consequence of the two that precede it. which are ordinarily confused. the power of manifestation in the eye being separated. then. And. reduce the whole world to a chaos. "As I hear I judge. also. Magicians have been the hidden force at work behind every step in human progress toward the better realization of the ideal of freedom.. and my judgment is just. in one aspect. By making Samyama on the signs in another's body knowledge of that mind comes. Indeed." And these are only a few of the powers enumerated by Patanjali. that he who learns by practice the art of true meditation becomes a powerful center of that Natural Intelligence. which is necessarily a perpetual menace to the cant. are always among the radicals. as Natural Intelligence. To h i n ~ that Will presents itself as the revealer (Hierophant) of all mysteries and secrets. Magicians. By making Samyama on word. such as that of Jesus) do anything out of the ordinary as evidence of his superior attainments. and many who have attained this unfoldiment have borne testimony to this. too. knowledge of pasl. He goes through life guided by an Inner Voice. In him the magical will is the reverberation of the Soundless Sound of the Voice of the Silence. not on the side of the conservi~tives who rely upon the power of precedent. the Yogi's body comes unseen. hypocrisy and formalism . It is the magical will which has practically overthrown monarchy. He who knows the One Will is a Yogi. there is very little reason for miracles. Such a man is in absolute harmony with the One Will. meditation and Samadhi with reference to some particular thing) on the three sorts of changes comes the knowledge of past and future. it is more than likely that wonder-working is the very rare exception among those who have gained the powers mentioned above. Secondly.. and a dissolving power. But he who has identified himself with the One Will never judges by appearance. They are the natural powers of the man who by meditation identifies himself with the very essence of the various modifications of the one Life-Power. By making Samyama on the elements." A~pear~ances never deceive such a man. and ending with the superfine. . as Levi says. so that even if an adept had these powers. as a rule. By making Samyama on the form of the body the power of perceiving forms being obstructed. which has done so much to change the status of women and children. we may be sure that no real magician will ever exercise his power to satisfy either doubt or curiosity. we regard the magical will as being something perceptible throughout Nature. he would never exercise them except in case of absolute necessity. We may be sure that he would not (unless his was a particular vocation to world-enlightenment. be a miracle-worker? Not necessarily. that not being the objects of the Samyama. We accept as worthy of credence the following statements of the great Hindu psycl~ologist. It is a power which impels him through whom it works to be ever on the side of progress. over and over again.is the basis of the metaphysical determinism which has been referred to so often in these pages. life. furthermore. beginning with the gross. Will he. Thus Jesus. but knowledge of its contents. we accept the testimony of the wise in every age who declare. It is a power which can. For after all. therefore. It is a power which taken form in mental imagery. and through him its omnipotence will be manifest. Patanjali: "By making Samyama (defined as the combination of concentration. Finally. Thus it is correctly described. meaning and knowledge. And because of this. the magical will is a power of development.

To the outsider. In the Name of the 1lth Path its fiery. the Illuminating Intelligence of Wisdom. valor." and his courage to go ahead through every peril. This. blazing aspect of the Great Breath is associated is appropriately the first letter of the word representing the magical courage. Thus priests have ever been foremost among the persecutors of magicians. the Hidden Intelligence of the Primal Will. For the magician. Courage. and kings have seldom been their friends. He is not really foolhardy. The magician must meet problems that make the uninitiated flinch. or the Cosmic Life-Breath. He must have contempt for danger. and represents the path of Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence. Reference should here be made to the Qabalistic analyses of the word n i l in earlier lessons. To all puling. A degree of audacity must be part of his psychic make-up. But the magician's folly is such only when judged by the false standards of the unenlightened. And the letter with which this energetic. He does not depend upon his own will and vision. and if he does not carefully observe the last of the four occult maxims. but from within. He must have fortitude in the face of uncertainty and peril. A magician must be spirited. which ~ joins Kether. and in spite of every opposition. The first letter of ~ i is rAleph. the magician always seems a great egoist. It is by no means an egotistic confidence in one's personal adequacy. Like Moses. To Aleph the word Ruach is especially assigned. if not an insufferable egotist. it is the result of a calm reliance upon the ability of Life Itself to adjust all conditions so as to produce good results. is farthest from the truth. He does not depend upon appearances. one in whom the ripening of consciousness has brought out a realization of his exact place in the scheme of things. as shown by the second letter of AMTz. coruscating. sparkling quality is particularly emphasized. must face perils that strike terror to timorous souls whose imaginations are fertile in conjuring up pictures of disaster. it is only because they do not know how adequate are the grounds for the security that he feels. For the daring of the magician. but it does mean that the world will often judge him as being just that. The mental imagery that take form in his thought and word and action is not motivated from without.of organized exoteric religions. is born of his certainty that this pattern is true. is the consequence of magical knowledge and magical will. The third aspect of the magical consciousness. Yet this. to Chokmah. is one who knows. His daring is based upon his vivid realization of his place in the scheme of things. Its three letters are in a sense a summary of all that has been said on the preceding pages concerning magical realization of the inner meaning of nu7 and lin. On the contrary. If he seem unduly venturesome to lesser minds. remember. he is sure to be called a fool. And they who watch his progress through the world are likely to suppose that he is almost a monster of determination and refusal to be bound down to the mean standard of averages which is accepted by the masses of his fellow-men. His attitude toward life will be inexplicable to those who do not have his knowledge. or strength. of all mistaken opinions. is one implication of the Tarot Key which represents the letter Aleph. he has seen the "pattern in the mount. as if to emphasize the thought that this path is the one whence we may learn the real nature of spirit. indeed. is the result of a reasoned surrender to Life itself. but makes himself receptive to the One Will and . This does not mean that he is to be fool-hardy. sickly prudence of the worldly sort he is necessarily a stranger.

small voice. He knows that in him and through him work the powers that form the veins of precious metal in the bowels of the earth. You." And thus the faces of great magicians are notable for their placid calm. are free from the least trace of haste or bluster. then you will understand that the magician's courage is the natural expression of his clear perception of the actual facts about the world in which he lives and works. less easy to grasp the idea that all these powers are at this very moment latent within us. Furthermore. However spirited he may be. which he knows must be realized. too. because it is the tendency of a resistless will. by imagination he builds specific images of the consequences of that union (D) and by his works he confirms and realizes what he sees (I). Thus more than one alchemist has written "To make gold. The last letter of yaN is the second of lin. It is. The last of the four aspects of the magical consciousness is silence. perhaps. You must have gold to make it. Yet this is what the Ageless Wisdom has always taught. you must have it. These powers are not acquired. the powers that determine the number of electrons in every atom. From this initial perception every magician has begun the process of his unfoldment. You remember the story of Elijah. as the name of the path to which Mem is attributed shows. And this knowledge he has gained by ceaseless meditation. He has the resistless courage of One Aim. Intellectually we may even now grasp the idea that such are the powers which ought to be expressed in the life of a man who measures up to the fullness of his inheritance as a son of God." The Hebrew word for "still" is elsewhere in the Authorized Version translated "silence. His knowledge is Wisdom itself. indeed. He does not "go off half-cocked. Magical courage. You must have the powers if ever you are to develop them. and their words and actions. Thus his impetuosity is balanced by calmness. whose fruit is absolute identification of his whole personal activity with the working of the Life-Power in the cosmos. they have begun at all. that form that nebula into a solar system." Thus we know that what Elijah heard was . And when the work is perfected. if. courageous because none of the phantoms of appearances has any power over him. and of his conscious identification with the sum-total of c~xmic processes. must follow the same path. your intellect to grasp the truth that all these powers are YOUR powers NOW. His will is the Cosmic Will. like seeds that have scarce begun to grow." Nor is this to be interpreted (as some unfriendly critics would have us believe) as being a veiled admission that all the mysteries of Hermetic Science are nothing more than veils for conscious chicanery.the One Vision of the Inner Seer. The possessor of such a consciousness is daring because he is absolutely certain that he will succeed. because the magical courage is the fruit of conscious possession of such powers as we have enumerated in the quotation from Patanjali. of his perfect surrender to the direction and guidance which that spirit (exerts upon all of its centers of expression. and how he identified the Lord as a "still. He knows that through him are working the powers that make a nebula appear in empty space. And you who read these pages must begin by training. but it is also fixed or stable. We cannot have them imparted to us by any mysterious process whatsoever. His powers are the Cosmic Powers. ever full of force. And by this realization fear is banished from his mind. the powers that shape crystals and fashion all the marvelous perfection of line and color that meet our eyes on every hand. is the natural outcome of the magician's unusual responsiveness to the influx of the Spirit of Life. and people it with living things. Thus his consciousness is not only enterprising and adventurous. he knows himself as one with the Source and Controller of all these processes. he is always poised. By meditation he unites himself with nature (Tz). then.

it prevents other people from learning of your plans. without such business. bade them also be ''wise as serpents. HSH.may work out to good results in the long run. and thus have less to expend upon the acquisition of worldly goods. Yet we are by no means sure that the Eastern methods will work in Western Civilization. and perhaps setting themselves in opposition to you." When we come to apply whatever magical knowledge we may possess to the actual work of taking our part in the administration of the Kingdom.the necessity of making his teaching pay for itself . has two very important practical results. The first Heh. And in early Christian times the meaning of this injunction was understood and observed. and those who fail to observe it pay the inevitable penalty of loss of power. It is the Soundless Voice of the Inner Life. silence is essential. The Lord was in this Voice. which the last if the Heh of the Bride. Paul. an unmanageable tongue is one of the worst. and perhaps the necessity which the European or American expounder of cosmic law is under . When people first escape from the swaddling-bands of orthodoxy. The practice of silence as to what you aim at. or "god-workers. Christianity began as a secret society. their enthusiasm over the new thoughts which stimulate their imaginations makes them eager to proselyte. claims our attention now. and following the example of the Master. AIMA. therefore." and serpents are among the most silent of silent beasts." Yet Jesus. Thus silence is over and over again a time-saver and an energy-saver. He who expends all his force in talking cannot have much left for doing. They use their force for the purpose of instruction." This rule still holds good. as to what you are doing. they preach the good news "in season and out of season. The Hebrew word for silence. we must learn to keep silent. The Inner Voice is not heard by those who indulge in needless talk. Malkuth." must remember this and apply it to our practice of the art of life. That this is true every practical occultist learns sooner or later. Its Creative Word is the silent Word of thought. First of all." This is that "god-nourished silence" whereof the Chaldean Oracles also tell us. But this is a digression. Our teachers in the Qabalah tell us that the first Heh is the Heh of the Mother. the practice of . Furthermore. Samekh. Like St. the letter Heh is the letter of Sight. The second Heh may serve to remind us of Lao-Tzu's dictum: "The state should be governed as we cook small fish. or Binah. and for the clearest. Possibly this may be one of the reasons why teachers of the Law in Eastern lands are recognized as meriting particular care from their pupils. and so is its last. hints that in silence there is a supporting or sustaining power. The middle letter of HSH. And we.what Theosophists term "the Voice of the Silence. if we would be theurgists. although he bade his disciples preach the Gospel to every creature. For of all wasters of energy. we shall accomplish more work and do it better if we don't have too much to say about our plans and projects. corresponds to the creative world and to the faculty of intuition. Secondly. Thus is reminds us that to receive the interior tuition which reveals to us the mysteries of cosmic law. Its first letter is Heh. The ruling power in the cosmos is not noisy. reserved many things for secret instruction of pupils tested and tried with "milk for babes. most intense vision.

to practice silence. The one thing you have to do in order to fulfill your destiny will be. Practice. so confirmed are we in the habit of telling all we know. But if you tell your secret to other people. Pythagoras. For in silence and secrecy the strength and potency of that aim will be intensified until it dominates your whole life. Spare your wife or husband the ordeal of listening to all your little plan:^. Nothing will do more to hasten your progress toward final liberation. toward ability to demonstrate your god-likeness. it is said. required several years of silence from his pupils. represented by the letter Samekh) is something that you must keep religiously to yourself. we say. Think out what this means. and a great deal more than we know. Be self-contained and quiet. Keep your counsel. BE SILENT. as you hope for the unfoldment of the magical consciousness. in the most emphatic position. Not even your closest friends should know of it. and you are alnlost certain to incite somebody to acts of open or veiled opposition. upon which is written a name which to man knoweth. And because of that training.silence serves to intensify desire-force. in so far as you are able. this one is the hardest to observe. or perchance has been. is placed last among the four. This one aim is typified in Revelation by the white stone. Do what you have to do without one needless word. But we urge you. . Remember. To enforce such a rule now would be difficult indeed. See that you tell no man. and then begin to live. revealed to your from within. Your one aim (the arrow of the Archer. virtue goes out of you. because of all the occult maxims. that is. save him that receiveth it. this maxim. some of his pupils became mighty men among the magicians of that day. the one that will take the greatest amount of ingenuity in the way of devising strictly technical exercises (like a musician's scales) before the degree of magical perfection is attained. a life of wise silence.

"The secret is the kinghood of the sage. they allude to the philosophical and moral alchemy.the lion is the celestial fire. whom it renders the master of gold and of light. the crown of the initiate. and precise as mathematics themselves. for he has already found it. This universal arcanum. and in the monogram of Christ as it is embroidered on the labarum. an eagle. and the burning scepter of Lucifer. It is to this great secret of the Magi that we must refer all the marvels of Hermetic Magic. the body of man and the absolute sign of human intelligence. It is the science of fire. "The Great Magical Secret is the secret of the direction of the Great Magical Agent. arranged in the following manner: in the letters of the words AZOTh and INRI kabbalistically written. This great and indicible arcanum was never referred to even among adepts. they will never attain it. which constitutes true human divinity. By its means he solves the problem of the quadrature of the circle. the chemical instrument. by which that which is ethereal is separated from that which is gross. and is destruction both to those who divine it and those who reveal it. and the serpents are the magnetic and electrical currents of earth. and by the serpent pierced with an arrow. is designated by the sages under the emblem of the Pentagram. "To understand the alternative or simultaneous proportion of the forces which produce equilibrium is to possess the first principle of the Great Magic Arcanurn. who holds a magnetic rod in each hand. It is the ring of Gyges. a bull. and the fixed is divided from the volatile. and appears to be running inside a crown which is supported by an angel. it is essentially unexplainable in its nature. everywhere we find the enchanter who pierces the lion and leads the serpents . which all men possess without knowing it. The incommunicable axiom is kabbalistically enclosed in the four letters of the Tetragram. the allegorical picture of Cebos. When the adepts in alchemy speak of a great and unique Athanor of which all can make use. with formed the seal of Cagliostro. and to the Indian symbol of Addhanari. and possesses the philosopher's stone. and a lion. let the vulgar seek for ever. which are fundamentally the same thing. it depends upon an incommunicable axiom. and on an instrument which is the supreme and unique Athanor of the Hermetists of the highest grade. the Golden Fleece. which Postel the Kabbalist interprets by the word Rota. complete as the world.The Great Arcanum This is what Eliphas Levi says concerning the Great Arcanum: "There exists a principle and a rigorous formula which is the Great Arcanum. The Great Magical Secret is represented by the lamp and poniard of Psyche. which is within the grasp of all. and we all possess the Athanor. The comprehension of this figure is the key of all the occult sciences. from which the adepts have formed their Tarot. . It is also represented by the lingam. which is its most audacious demonstration. the apple of Eve. the crowning and eternal secret of supreme initiation. directs the perpetual motion. is represented in the Tarot by a young and naked girl who only touches the earth with one foot. the fire stolen from heaven by Prometheus. corresponding to the Adonai of the prophet just mentioned. but also by the Cross of the Redeemer. This figure is hndamentally analogous to the cherub of Ezekiel. A strong and resolute will can arrive in a short time at absolute independence. This instrument. for the Great Arcanurn is connected with the mystery of universal generation. Let the wise man seek it not.

which still declares in its traditions that the Arcanum of the magnum opus consist in the government of fire.

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Thus far Eliphas Levi, and at first reading it may seem to you that he has left nothing to say. Has he not declared that the Great Arcanum is incommunicable - that it is destruction for him who d:ivines or reveals it? How then may we dare to venture in explaining it? Well, you have had occasion before this to learn that our French magus, writing for a world that he rightly judged as having few who would in his day understand him, veiled his actual meaning in subtleties of language, after the fashion of adepts in every age. We do not pretend to be able to tell you the Great Arcanum, but we can do something in the way of lifting Levi's veil of words, and perhaps a little something, too, to bring you a step or two nearer to the discovery of the Great Secret. First of all, the Great Arcanum is twofold. It is a principle, and it is also a formula. A principle is a source, or something from which other things proceed. In physics it is a hdarnental energy or substance. In meta-physics it is a fundamental truth or postulate. The Great Arcanum is a priiiciple in both senses. It is an actual or real energy. It is also a fundamental, archetypal idea. This idea, wherein real energy or working power resides, exists, or comes into manifestation, as a formula. A formula is a fixed, prescribed, arranged method by which something is said or done. And when Levi says the Great Arcanum is a "rigorous formula" he is referring to the exactitucle and severity of the order of manifestation by means of which the power of the Originating Iclea or Principle comes into manifestation, or exists. The wise man has no need of seeking it, for the wise man, as Levi uses the term, is one WELO has

found this principle and formula. The vulgar, that is, the general run of human begins in any age, cannot find it, because their seeking is invariable in the wrong place. Moreover, even if they should happen to look in the right direction, it remains true that they would not attain it. For it is absolutely true that no man ever attains this secret, because he already possesses it. What happens is that its meaning dawns upon him. Aladdin, says the Eastern tale, had the magic lamp for some days before he learned its secret. And that story of the Wonderful Lamp is only another variation of the allegory of the Great Arcanum, to be added to those enumerated by Levi in our quotation. When he describes the 21st Key of the Tarot as a glyph of the Great Arcanum, Levi is perfectly correct, but he might have chosen any of the major trumps for the same purpose, because each of them has this "crowning and eternal secret of supreme initiation" for its central theme. A little farther on in this lesson we shall consider another of the major trumps from this point-of-view. But let us continue with our interpretation of Levi. "This secret is the kinghood of the sage," our Qabalist tells us, "the crown of the initiate." Look at your diagram of the Tree of Life. The "King" is MLK, Melek, the Divine Name of Malkuth. The "crown" is Kether. And the Great Arcanum has to do with the identity of the two Sephiroth, indicated by the doctrine that "Malkuth is in Kether, and Kether is in Malkuth." But the kinghood of the sage who possesses the great Arcanum is more than this metaphysical realization of the identity between the opposite extremes of the Tree of Life. It is a practical secret, which makes the true sage really dominant in his world, which makes its conditions subject to the Will expressed in all his thoughts and words and acts. Here we deal with no figure of speech at all. Whoever has made sufficient progress in the study of occult science to be able to understand this lesson knows that the affairs of this world are truly directed by an "invisible government." Those who sit in the high places of external authority are only so many puppets, working out (in ways which ofien puzzle, and often, too, distress us) the details of the Cosmic Plan. The invisible hierarchy of adepts and masters are the real governors of this plane and its affairs, and their rule is through the application of the principle and formula with which we are not concerned. Literally, too, the sages are masters of gold and light. (Notice, too, how Levi anticipated modern scientific ideas about matter.) They have at their command practically limitless resources, and nothing could be farther from the truth than the idea that the poorer a man is the better occultist he is. The wise, to be sure are not burdened with a weight of personal possessions, but no person at all familiar with the innumerable him, as to the workings of the occult hierarchy, which are to be found here and there in the literature which they have inspired or sponsored, can doubt that they always have enough actual material wealth to carry out any undertaking with which they are concerned. Yet, because Levi's writing conforms to the occult rule of "a meaning within a meaning" it may also be understood to refer to the mastery of the powers which Qabalah associates with Tiphareth, the sphere of the sun or alchemical gold. Thus we may know that knowledge of the Great Magical Secret makes the sages masters of the Intelligence of the Mediating Influence. That particular kind of intelligence is identified in Qabalistic psychology as Imagination, and Tiphareth, as the seat of Imagination, is called BN, Ben, the Son. For imagination is actually the personal expression of the original creative power of the One Life, and in nothing is the truth that man is the son of God so perfectly demonstrated as in the fact that the dominant images in each human mind set the pattern for the world in which each man lives.

Levi goes on to tell us that the Great Magical Secret enables its possessor to solve the problem of the quadrature of the circle. He does not refer to the mathematical problem. What he means is the very same thing that is meant by the words of the Lord's Prayer, "as in heaven, so on earth." For the symbol of heaven, or the world of archetypal ideas, is the circle, and the square is the symbol of the physical world wherein those ideas are actualized. This metaphysical "squaring of the circle" is also what is symbolized by the square and compass of the Masonic fraternity. It is the bringing into actual, concrete expression to the physical plane of the hidden potencies of the archetypal world. The accomplishment of this result is the Great Work, and it is rightly described as the direction of the perpetual motion. Read Levi's words carefully and you will see that he says nothing whatever to justify the belief that one can make a perpetual motion machine. He only declares that the sage "directs the perpetual motion," the eternal self-activity of the Limitless Life. Finally, he tells us that the sage who knows the Great Secret "possesses the philosopher's stone." We have referred to this "stone" in other lessons. You will remember that it is named ABN, El~ben, in Hebrew. Jesus, who spoke Aramaic, said, "What is this then that is written, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the comer?" Thus he quoted from Psalm 1 18: 22, and went on to identifl this stone with the stone of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, mentioned in Daniel 2:35. The "builders" rejected the stone because they were the line of theologians who developed the monotheism of Israel, with its conception of a far-away God. But the very word p x is itself a glyph for the Great Arcanum. This it is because it combines in one word the names x , Father. and 11, Son. And the most open and audacious declaration of the Great Arcanum ever given, in spite of what Levi says about the allegorical picture of Cebes, is to be found in three sentences of Jesus: "I and the Father are one. He who hath seen me hath seen the Father. The things that I do shall ye do also, and greater things shall ye do, because I go unto the Father." Yet even these words cannot reveal the Great Secret to any man. Rather must their meaning be forever veiled from those who have not come into possession of that Arcanum. For this is truly an indicible arcanurn. "Indicible" and "incommunicable" must be understood in their most literal sense in this connection. The secret is one that cannot be told. Its nature is such that it cannot possibly be imparted. It is not that people know and will or dare not tell. It is that those who know firid no means for transmitting their knowledge. And Levi is particularly explicit upon this point. He says, furthermore, that the Great Arcanum is destruction both to those who divine it and those who reveal it. Here is an echo of Jesus' teaching about the Stone. Jesus declared, " Whoseever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." We would have you ponder long and earnestly upon these words. Yet ponder them without fear. True it is that the Great Secret is "destruction." And in this aspect it is symbolized by the 16th major trump of the Tarot. But not only is it the destruction of all false notions of personality. In itself, essentially, it is a secret of destruction, of the dissolution of forms, of the disintegration of matter. And on this account the Hindu teaching which so wonderfully parallels the Western occultism gives us to understand that the final liberation of the Yogi is brought about by the destruction or transforming aspect of the Life-Power personified as Shiva. We do not believe that Levi's remarks about the Athanor will give readers of these pages very much

is the Great Arcanum. It is the contradiction of the various dualistic interpretations which see the world as something developed from. It will be well for you to reread. In other words. and if this means anything. It is plainly derived from the Tree of Life. How foolish. The Word or Thought. as distinguished from the outline conveyed by the words. but there are other aspects of its meaning with which we shall now deal. We have said that every major trump symbolizes an aspect of this consciousness. is the human body. declares that its purpose is liberation. or the playground of. which produces opposite forms of expression. so that Levi is correct in describing the 2 1st Key as a synthesis of the Great Arcanum. That is: every apparent separate aspect of the One Life includes all the rest. two contending forces. But there is another trump which to us has had particular significance from this point-of-view because it is connected with the path on the Tree of Life named "Intelligence of the Secret of All Spiritual Activities. and this results in a modification of the subconsciousness. then. The eighth Tarot Key shows the nature of the law whereby this comes to pass. The white triangle top. The diagram which we reproduce from Levi needs explanation for students of these pages. is Malkuth. teaching reincarnation. It seems. The last enemy to be overcome is death we are told. may find more of sound than of sense in the words. enclosing a square. represented in the 8th a over the head of the woman. In that lesson we have said that the Secret of All Spiritual Activities is the secret of the Word made flesh. refers to the supernal Triad. His meaning is plain." The Hebrew name for this path. indeed to be preposterous to the great majority of human beings. The Hexagram in the middle indicates six Sephiroth which are referred to the VAU of IHVH and the circle at the bottom. and even you. especially when we remember the plain teaching which pervades the New Testament! Liberation from the necessity for rebirth is attained when one is so perfectly adapted to cosmic law that one has learned how to make an indestructible body. who have spent much time ripening yourself. this sign stands for the idea that the manifested universe is the expression of One Power. beginning at page 137. Consciousness cannot be communicated. The Athanor. it means that the completion of the Great Work brings a man into the control of natural forces that he is the master of the occult forces of disintegration which now bring his earthly body to the grave. passes into the subconscious plans of mental activity. This is the tool wherewith we are able to demonstrate our knowledge of the Great Arcanum. to neglect or misuse our bodies! How impossible to find liberation until we learn that the body is indispensable thereto it is ridiculous to suppose that the goal is to become bodyless. n i j i u m 710 has been dealt with in other lessons. formulated by the intellect. nib. enclosing the letters YOD and HEH. Hence the Ageless Wisdom. or self-consciousness. or chemical instrument. We come into bodies again and again until at last we learn the secret which makes their rebirth needless. Consciousness of this. Key by the sign of the Holy Spirit ( ) One of the essential meanings of that sign is that the various pairs of opposites in the illusive world of actuality which affects our senses are all produced by a single cause. before going on with this lesson what has been written concerning ni5ium in Section C. its meaning is the same meaning which is repeated over again in the Tree of Life. The intellectual perception of the unity of causation is the beginning of the gradual change in .trouble.

sness of anything. or AIN. Thus things are called into existence or 'outstandingness' by a power which itself does not stand out. (taken as a verb). For no sooner does Spirit feel itself alive than it must also experience a fiu-ther modification of consciousness. symbol of Venus. Word. which the Qabalists call No-Thing. are careful to say that the ten Sephiroth. and whose presence is therefore indicated by the word 'subsistence. or "emanations" begin by the concentration of the Limitless Light in and upon itself. this initial feeling must be that of being alive. This. or consciousness of any relation. the second. and to be conscious it must have something to be conscious o c therefore the contemplation of itself as standing related to something which is not its own originating self in propria persona is a necessity of the case. That which is I'K." The Creative Logos. Pure Spirit.in fact the very word 'existence' means 'standing out'. just as we must stand at a proper distance to see a picture . It is this primary feeling of the No-Thing which is represented by the first letter of 137.No-Thing. The noun 127. I. a symbol of the potency of growth. because there is really no "outside" into which the ornnip~resent Spirit may project itself. therefore. a symbol of potential humanity (because I="hmd"). Nun. and as i~ctual development (N). Time and Space are therefore labels for relations existing between the points of the Life-Power's self-exprc:ssion within the boundless Presence of its own subsistence. Qabalists. the sphere of Desire. Hence a Gnostic writer is careful to say that the "Noughtness emanates.consciousness which leads from bondage to freedom. begins with the letter Daleth. or Life-Breath. More accurately is it described as an apparent self-limitation of the Life-Power which happens within the boundless . is the only mode of consciousness which is conceivable at this point. and so referable to the emotional nature. the Word or Thought which calls the cosmos into existence must begin as feeling also. or self-awareness. A. since the sphere of Venus is Netzach. yet every sage tells us that Pure Spirit is Pure Consciousness. Feeling. This is important. but does not really emanate" the cosmos. which corresponds by Gematria to ni?i~m. we have taken the first step on the Way to Freedom. and consequently the Selfcontemplation of Spirit can only proceed by its viewing itself as related to something standing out from itself. transcends all the states which we call mental. That fkeling is rationalized into the self-conscious awareness indicated by the letter B. as showing that the beginning of every Word or Thought is a feeling. But when we perceive clearly that whatever happens is the outworking of the potentialities of a single cause. the feeling which is subsequently developed as actual Life (A). too. is nevertheless that which has for its primary self-awareness or feeling. described by Troward in the book above-mentioned as follows: "Then to feel alive it must be conscious. so above. as actual humanity (I). So long as we are enmeshed in the net of dualism (however subtly stated) we are in bondage to the pairs of opposites. by its name. inasmuch as the first. is the symbol of Ruach. indeed. The relative is not a projection frolz the Absolute. "As below."' Yet this outstanding is illusive. and the third. is Qabalistically shown in the letters of the word I'K. And as Judge Trovard has said. N. Neither is it to be understood as a development of the Absolute. But Pure Consciousness as it is prior to self-manifestation cannot be consciou. in The Creative Process in the Individual.

in which the Life-Power completes its expression of its feeling of Life in the establishment of a systemic center of activity. No complete version of the Oracles has come down to us. These fragments are mostly quotations given by various Greek writers of Neo-Platonism. rather than that of Persian dualism. by the contemplation of the position of its path upon the Tree of Life. the Word. we may do something to indicate the way to be followed in order to come into possession of it.area" is an alogical (as distinguished fiom "illogical") expression. you will establish the state of receptivity which makes possible the influx of the higher wisdom from superconsciousness. is the letter of the Sun. I believe. The words we have used to indicate that consciousness are more than inadequate. W. We may also make known the fact that the psychical and physical transformations which make a human being able to receive this knowledge from within are those which happen according to the law symbolized by the 8th Tarot Key. a master and a magus. you will probable find it to your advantage to read. you may. and develop in your times of meditation the following extracts from the Chaldean Oracles. existing or "outstanding" activities. It may be the central sun of a universe of solar systems. By the study of its symbolism. by maintaining a mental attitude of receptivity. . The three stages of creative activity represented by the letters of DBR." which is. The translation is by "Sapere Aude. This is made clear in the first of these fragments. B: The consciousness of that life as finding expression in specific. the consciousness of being a center of positive. the Life is the directive center of the whole system. The limitations of language are such that words will not serve to formulate a logical statement of this first stage of the creative process. selfdirected energy. They are taken fiom Volume 6 of the Collectanea Hermetica. although the Great Arcanum is incommunicable. the quality of consciousness manifested is always the same. Wynn Westcott. but we believe that they are words which will point the way for you. But because THAT which eternally does so manifest itself to itself is the central reality of your experience. are therefore as follows: D: The simple feeling of being alive. the Rosicrucian motto of Dr. The last letter of in. R: The consciousness that whether the range of those activities be relatively great or small. these Oracles are sometimes called the Oracles of Zoroaster. by the earnest demand that its deeper meaning be made known to you. Attributed by the ancients to the magi. Thus. but theirs is the spirit of Egyptian Neo-Platonism. In addition to this practice. The reproduction of the Life-Power's own consciousness of this creative process in a personal center is what makes a man an adept. and here it typifies the third stage of the creative process. as you know. receive from that Source of Pure Knowing a confirmation of this teaching which will carry your consciousness beyond the limitations of words. ponder. It is the consciousness of relative centrality. That center may be the nucleus of the miniature solar system of electrons composing an atom. But whether the scale be large or small.

physical. signifying that He is above the Seven poles. Osiris. of universal power and unsluggish energy. "The deluded despise me in human form. in his Relipion of the Ancient Egyptians. in Isis and Osiris. is represented by the hypotenuse of the 3-4-5 triangle. which organ they consider I the seat or enclosure of the soul. says: "Originally it was only the sun god of lJpper Egypt who was represented even by the Egyptians under the form of a hawk. Theurgist assert it." says Horappalo. limitless. The Chaldeans called the God Dionysus (or Bacchus) IAO in the Phoenician tongue (instead of Intelligible Light) and He is also called Sabaoth. For the Eternal Aeon . This was Horus. Thus the Bhagavad-Gita says. perfect. and for the intelligent soul. and moreover infinite through his power. that is. the Father. and energizing a spiral force.is the cause of never-failing life. the best of the good. as shown in Section A. But God is he having the head of the Hawk. Containing all things in the one summit of His own Hyparxis. the Mother. 2." Sayce. 4. which accounts for the Oracle's declaration that the God is "physical. 7." For ancients did not fall into the error which has beset many who followed them. and is said to consent with Mind and to be known to human souls through the power of Mind alone. Some versions of the Tarot represent the Fool as a youth. eternal. Compare this with the attribution of Ruach to Aleph. Others picture him as a bearded ancient. the Wisest of the Wise. and & heart. the letter represented by the Fool. Hence the inscrutable God is called silent by the divine ones. having a spiral force. eternal." The "circulating and eternal God" is the Eternal Pilgrim represented by the Fool in the Tarot. Theurgist assert that He is a God. and wise . Isis. both young and old. indestructible. as a circulating and eternal God. tells us. unbegotten. He is the Father of Equity and Justice. as understanding the whole number of things moving in the world. and celebrate him as both older and younger. often called in later texts "Horus the elder' (Aroeris). "stands for the Supreme Mind. They who walk in the darkness of duality cannot see the god in what they call "matter". The same is the first. and Nature." This elder Horus or Aroueris. The hawk is called in the Egyptian language biaeth.according to the Oracle . "The hawk. please observe. indivisible: the dispenser of all good. 6. self-taught. He himself subsists wholly ." Spirit. Plutarch. 5. the Demiurgos.He who inspires the sacred philosophy. incorruptible. Isis and Osiris conceived the elder Horus while they were in their mother's womb.SECTION FROM THE CHALDEAN ORACLES 1. The God of the universe. from bai soul. unite to produce Horus. 3. They fully understood the truth that what we call "physical" is really a self-expression of Pure Spirit.

851. perceive the superconsciousness as the true First. Its meaning is existence.beyond. but her dominion is established on high. he hath not shut up His own Fire in His intellectual power. inevitable stage of the creative process. Measuring and bounding all things. 13. Hyparxis is a technical term of the Gnosis. necessary. and delivered them over to the Second Mind. (N. goods. From the human point-of-view. But to the eye of the Creative Spirit. The Soul. possessions. few in these days. All things are sprung from that one Fire. substance. The channels being intermixed. whom all races of men call First. This reduced. and so belongs to the great number of mystery-words which are multiplies of 37. 9. Nothing. 21. Thus Jesus' words. when the Oracles were written. 10. many things are imperfect. but abode in the Paternal Depth. Natural works co-exist with the intellectual light of the Father. and filleth up the many recesses of the Bosom of the World. All races of men call it first. The numbering of these selections is that given in the book from which these fragments are taken. For it is the Soul which adorned the vast Heaven. The Father hath hastily withdrawn Himself.) 20. The Second Mind conducts the Empeyean World. and understands that each specific phase of its self-manifestation is indispensable. and in the Adytum of God-nourished silence. being a brilliant Fire. is 14. which sees all things in their true relations to each other. moreover. nothing can be imperfect. progressive force. The Second Mind is what we call self-consciousness. being out of place. The commentator says. works through limitation. This fragment brings out the idea that the Life-Power." We cannot admit this.B." express the root-meaning of this Oracle. For nothing imperfect emanates from the Paternal Principle. for things did the Father of all things perfect. and fewer. by the power of the Father remaineth immortal. and is Mistress of Life. Such is the Mind which is energized before energy. 11. "All that the Father hath is mine. everything is seen to have its rightful place in the expression of the spiral. because while many perceive the duality of self-consciousness and subconsciousness. 14. is 23x37. although free in itself. and this relative imperfection is the consequence of limitation. 12. therefore. and the least number is 5. and which adorneth it after the Father. 19. to be sure. By Greek Gematria it is the number 85 1. . while yet it had not gone forth. she perforrneth the works of incorruptible Fire. but He effused Persuasion. 8. The Father effused not Fear. "This implies that all imperfection are derived from a succedent emanation only.

But the primary self-perfect Fountain of the Father poured forth these primogenial ideas. . They are the guardians of the works of the Father and of the One Mind. All things are governed and subsist in this Triad. neither apart from Intellect doth the Intelligible exist. incorruptible. and in them are contained the Three Supernals. 39. ascend flashingly into the shining worlds.) 28. 30. (abundantly animating Light. 3 1. so that He might mingle the fountainous craters. From 28 to 32 the Oracles speak of the Supernal Triad. Fire. for thencefrom downwards. One and alone. of which the foundation is ONE. And thence a fiery whirlwind. The Mind of the Father said that all things should be cut into Three. 42. the Intelligible. 24. all extend their wondrous rays. for from the Father alike was the Will and the End (by which are they connected with the Father according to alternating life. by whicl~ the universe shone forth decked with ideas all-various.) But they were divided asunder. 41. 40. For the King of all previously placed before the polymorphous World a Type. for Intellect existeth not without the Intelligible.22. For the Framer of the Fiery World is the Mind of Mind. clothing the one fire with the other Fire. All things are supplied from the bosom of this Triad. The Mind of the Father said. For not in Matter did the Fire which is in the "Beyond" first enclose His power in acts. Who first sprang from Mind. 23. 29. while preserving unsullied the brilliance of His own Fire. 43. All things subsist together in the Intelligible World. But all Intellect understandeth the Deity. and immediately all tlings were so divided. drawing down the brilliance of the flashing Flame. The Mind of the Father whirled forth in reechoing roar. 32. being by Intellectual Fire distributed into other Intellectuals. intellectual. but in Mind. From this the others rush forth distributed and separated through the various bodies of the universe. and are born in swarms through its vast abysses. Ether and the Universe. Into Three! governing all things by mind. the imprint of whose form is sent forth through the world. These being many. The Father mingled every Spirit fi-omthis Triad. They are intellectual conceptions from the Paternal Fountain partaking abundantly of the brilliance of Fire in the culmination of unresting Time. figured on the Tree of Life as Kether. binding them together. which flying forth from that one fountain issued. through varying vehicles. comprehending by invincible Will ideas ornniform. penetrating the abysses of the Universe. Chokmah and Binah. ever whirling forth in illimitable radiation.

creation." 50. "Order is Heaven's first law. and hath the power of understanding the Paternal Mind. and doth instil into all Fountains and Principles their power of understanding and the h c t i o n of ceaseless revolution. Specialization. 48. proceeding fiom the Father." by which he designated the third property in nature. The "Orders" are the emanations. their goal is infinite. and they add It hath Mystic Silence. For Intellect existeth not without the Intelligible. because the idea of order necessitates a sequence or series. as ineffable. Compare this with Sepher Yetzirah. It is the principle or beginning of "section" or division. it subsisteth not. For this Paternal Intellect. The noun Synoche may be translated anguish.these are synonyms. His word is in them when they emanate and when they return. apart form it. and from those do proceed the Seven (according to the Gnosis and the Qabalah. 49. . and before His throne do they prostrate (themselves). That which is called It is the Intelligible. they rush again unto Him. at His bidding do they haste like a whirlwind. The oracle calls the intelligible causes Swift and asserts that. The Intelligible is the principle of all section. It is practically equivalent with Sephira. and carries with it the idea that each of the specific self-manifestations of the Life-power is a restrain or limitation. Oracles 48 and 49 show the Order is the Intelligible. section -.44. 45. 52. and this meaning is a clue to Jacob Boehrne's use of the term "anguish. 1:6: "Ten ineffable Sephiroth (intelligible causes) appearance is like that of a flash of lightning. which alone hath gathered from the strength of the Father the Flower of Mind. The Intelligible is as food to that which understandeth. A consideration of this will show you. By Intellect He containeth the Intelligibles and introduceth the Soul into the Worlds. The oracles concerning the Orders exhibit It as prior to the heavens." 56. hath sowed symbols through the World. perhaps a profounder meaning in the saying. 71. This Order is the beginning of all section. 47. By Intellect He containth the Intelligibles and introduceth Sense into the Worlds. The Creative Thought seems to Provide the subsistent Unity into Three. 46. He gave his own whirlwinds to guard the Synoches mingling the proper force of His own strength in the Synoches. which comprehendeth the Intelligables and adorneth things ineffable. Father-begotten Light. Synoche is a Greek technical term meaning rest. 5 1. or distress.

since the universal soul. the fish-hook." and of it he says: "There are. and placed both in the body. sooner or later you catch the fish. 78." Modern psychologist call them "complexes". He hath clothed in sensible words and bodies. which have understood the intelligible works of the Father." The idea is the same as that which is behind Tantrik philosophy and behind the Sepher Yetzirah. or groups of ideas clustered by association around a common nucleus. being intermediate links existing to connect the Father with Matter. The symbols already sown in your soul by the Cosmic Mind are. See each Sephirah as a whirling sphere or wheel. of which each nervous organism has a separate consciousness. When you make yourself familiar with a well-organized system of symbols like the Hebrew alphabet and the Tree of Life. is the same for all. The Father conceived ideas." This common. and all the rest of the paths are manifestations of that same whirling activity. See each connection channel as containing a double current up toward Kether (with the exception of the Paths of Aleph and Beth. And is the way to the . is Rashith ha-Galgalim. attracted by these alphabetical and numerical symbols. then. 73. It is the idea that the cosmos is. and the conmon or instinctive life. is the letter of meditation. in a sense. All symbols know to man are reflections of these symbols which the Paternal Mind has sown in the psyche. 79. The principles. in man. 80. This is identical with Qabalistic teaching. As here used. This is why the letter Tzaddi.72. and all morals bodies were animated by Him. Note the use of the word "inscribing. and inscribing the unapparent in the apparent frame of the world. It is by the latter that one can live in the bodies of others.impressions in the mind-stuff that produce habits. It is what Eliphas Levi calls "the common and instinctive life. you are in a position to make use of the psychological law that every idea has a tendency to bring to the surface of consciousness the complex with which it has affinity by association. You become aware of one of the greater symbols sown in the universal soul. All fountains and principles whirl round and always remain in a ceaseless revolution. When you let down the hook of a symbol into to pool of the subconsciousr~ess. the Crown. the beginning of the whirling motion. rendering apparent the images of unapparent natures. or subconsciousness. instinctive life. and through that symbol you come to understand That which cannot be expressed in human words. This is the way to the self-discovery of the Great Arcanum. Kether. Hindu psychologist call them Sarnskaras . so to say. in which the current is always directed downward). and corresponds closely to the universal subconsciousness. the writing of Spirit upon the pages of the Book of Space. two lives: the individual or reasonable life. The Paternal Mind hath sown symbols in the Soul. is "sown with symbols. the term Soul or psyche represents the animal sentient principle. For the Father of gods and men placed the Mind (nous) in the Soul (Psyche). Be careful never to picture the Tree of Life to yourself as static.

where Virtue. Direct not thy mind to the vast surfaces of the Earth. and Hades wrapped in clouds. Nor measure the motions of the Sun. But he who has rooted his life in the center of Being behind personality can transcend what is sometimes called "the astral spirit. For she glorieth in the harmony under which the mortal body subsisteth. and are of a more inventive nature." The aim of the magician is to rise in consciousness above the sphere of necessity. Stoop not down unto the darkly splendid world. The more powerful Souls perceive Truth through themselves. above the rule of precedent. Such Souls are saved through their own strength. for a precipice lieth beneath the Earth. . The reference to a ladder of Seven Steps in No. and 147 may be understood as referring to the dangerous psychic practices which result from a quest for power in the region of the subconsciousness. for she moveth always by the power of necessity. Omens have influence upon those who believe in them. and not for your sake alone. 148. Invoke not the visible Image of the Soul of Nature. they are all mere toys. 146. 150. 149. precipitous. for he is carried by the Eternal Will of the Father. Dismiss (from your mind) the impetuous course of the Moon. Look not upon Nature. a black ever-rolling Abyss. 146. The wide aerial flight of birds gives no true knowledge not the dissection of the entrails of victims. 84. Jesus summed up the gist of this Oracle in the Words. 145. according to the Oracle. reached by a descending ladder which hath Seven Steps. Stay not on the precipice with the dross of matter." 145. Nos. for there is a place for thy Image in a realm ever splendid. The Soul of man does in a manner clasp God to herself. formless and void.self-discovery that the first Oracle tells us that the God is self-taught. and therein is established the throne of an evil and fatal force. delighting in unintelligible images. It becometh you not to behold them before your body is initiated. lest in departing she retain something. 83. MAGICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL PRECEPTS 144. for the plant of truth grows not upon the ground. Judge not by appearances. above the bondage of Karma. the basis of mercenary fraud: flee these if you would enter the sacred paradise of piety. The progression of the stars was not generated for your sake. winding. Wisdom and Equity are assembled. 151. 146 may be compared with the Qabalistic idea that below Malkuth is the "infernal palaces" corresponding by inversion to the seven Sephiroth below the three Supemals. wherein continually lieth a faithless depth. Having nothing immortal she is wholly inebriated with God. for her name is fatal. Stoop not down. The astrological progressions of the stars are fatal enough for one who submits to their domination. collecting rules. since by alway alluring the they sed~ice souls from the sacred mysteries. ever espousing a Body unluminous. Bring her not forth. 147.

158. It may nevertheless be known. for the mortal who approacheth that Fire shall have light from God. whose highest aspect is the expression of self-consciousness in abstract mathematical idea. so the Flower of Mind does not open upon the stalk of selfconsciousness until the latter has reached the limit of its development.BN. Never so much as in those systems of error which give power to appearances by asserting that "matter". which is in Hebrew GN=53=A. Seek Paradise." 155. 143 to 151 indicate a subtle danger . A Hindu philosopher would give the same advice thus: "Do not generate unnecessary restrictive Karma. It is not to be grasped by Mind. the Stone of the Wise=ChMH.that of investigating phenomenal relations before the mind is opened to the influx of Spirit.Nos. nor deepen a superficies.the Flower of Mind. or understanding. the mystical "Garden". The gods exhort us to understand the radiating form of light. which is in the sixth Sephira. 'This . 161. That limit. from whom was sent unto you a soul (psyche) endued with much mind (nous). or the :sumtotal of appearances. Paradise is the consciousness of that Intelligible One which subsists beyond the Mind. 162. 152. It becometh you to hasten unto the Light. or surface. and the knowing. having in the sacred rites a power ineffable. and unto the persevering mortal the Blessed Immortals are swift. Befile not the Spirit. 159. and this false judgment defiles Spirit. is the result of the unfoldrnent from the highest development of self-consciousness of something beyond Mind . Let fiery hope nourish you on the angelic plane. and to the Rays of the Father. is an appearance. is in certain forms of abstract mathematical (particularly geometrical) reasoning. for there are sacred names in every language which are given by God. There is a certain Intelligible One whom it becometh you to understand with the Flower of Mind. Enlarge not thy Destiny.s. which alone can rightly interpret those relations. 155. 157. The conception of the glowing Fire hath the first rank. Paradise is the superconsciousness. as just indicated. 163. But it is to be noted that as flowers do not appear upon a plant until it has reached its perfection in stalk and branch. Learn the Intelligible for it subsisteth beyond the Mind. A superficies. has a power which is inimical to Spirit. To deepen a superficies is to ascribe to appearances a profundity which is not theirs. That One Is what Herbert Spencer mistakenly calls the Unknowable. Change not the barbarous names of evocation. the Sun of the alchemists. 160.

The Phos is the Mouth (Ph) or Utterer. Ain. or "not-forgetting" (Aletheia. 2. Jah (IH). It is important to keep in sight the words of the Oracle. They are robes of Lights." but the original Greek means "contending. that the enlightenment ensuing is a recollection. is 601. that the Greek Gematria of (DRC. Ain Soph. Personal consciousness. The Dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. because it subsisteth beyond Mind. The higher understanding might be described as being comprehended. not struggling. To "comprehend" is to grasp fully. and compare with what is said of Sleep in Course A. Unto some He gives ability to receive the Knowledge of Light. literally "Great 0 . to extend the void mind of thy Soul to the Intelligible. (DaC. Note here the importance of the Word and its pronunciation. 3. is written with letters which are variants of the Hebrew P. "to extend the void mind of the Soul. Note also the last part of this Oracle. is "caught . which is the value of A plus $2. The word ENAYMATA. In some editions the word here translated "struggling is given as "earnestly. Thou wilt not comprehend it. The Robes. rather than as comprehension. too. and others. measuring all things except that Intelligible. and pronounceth the WORD. in connection with the letter Qoph. Tooth. 0 . the Dove. Robes. the Seer (Omega. 166.) Note. See. too. He makes fruitful from His own strength. Alpha and Omega." 167. but with the extended flame of far-reaching Mind. of which three are mentioned in the Pistis Sophia. regaining the memory of the pure paternal symbol. The "Knowledge of Light" is a technical term of the Mysteries. Ain Soph Aur). even when asleep. " or ''Great Eye"). remain where you are. but it is becoming to bring with thee a pure and enquiring sense. But the Paternal Mind accepteth not the aspiration of the soul until she hath passed out of her oblivious state.is why so much importance attaches to numbers and geometry in occult writings." This is like Lao-Tze's aphorism: "Having emptied yourself of everything. Endyma Kyriou. Light in Greek is (DRC. as Paul says. Peristera. since Phos or Light is 1500. gently (or suavely) and with great ingenuity. in Greek)." The purport of the whole passage is of the same tenor as the words of the Emerald Tablet: "Separate the etherial from the gross. associated with Fire. and IH=15. and Sh. 165. is related to the Hebrew Divine Name. are practically the same as the three veils of the Absolute (1. including the books of the Old and New Testaments. that thou mayest learn the Intelligible. and the Devourer ("Shin". for if thou inclinest thy mind thou wilt understand it. Phos. 164. and also the value of IIEPICTEPA. or Ruach. Phos. by Greek Gematria the number 1500 = ENAYMA KYPIOY. The Greek word for Light. But it is requisite to understand this. It is not proper to understand that Intelligible One with vehemence. the Robe of the Lord. as when understanding some common thing. Endymata.

Compare this with the Qabalistic dictum. 174. 170. joining works to sacred reason. "Nulla res spiritualis deecendit sine indumento.up" into superconsciousness. the mortal vestment of coarse matter will by these means be purified. I. The earlier lessons have afforded you some opportunity to "sow the mind with symbols. that through purifying ceremonies." "No spirit ever descends without a garment. Having put on the completely armed vigour of resounding Light. Let the immortal depth of your Soul lead you." but the former have caught a glimpse of their immortality. 173. but earnestly raise your eyes upward. like the operations of arithmetic. by the combination of these letters. announce to the most holy of Theurgists. you may again rise to the Order from which you descended. arrive at the summit." Eliphas Levi writes: "Hence. for. And thus the gods. or in what order you have come: so that although you have become a servant to the body. not the Soul only but bodies themselves become worthy of receiving much assistance and health. 169. The symbols which are most important are those of the Hebrew alphabet. he must put into the mind the various symbols. As it i!j the lightness or heaviness of bodies which causes them to rise or to fall down. Of them it has been said.n an exhortatory manner. with triple strength fortifying the soul and the mind. The latter are "mortals. Things divine are not attainable by mortals who understand the body alone. 176 If thou extendeth to the fiery mind to the work of piety." 172. stripped of their garments. say they. whence. but only by those who." This Oracle also makes clear the distinction in consciousness between those who are on the path of return and those who are yet enmeshed in the snare of external appearances. and not walk dispersedly on the empyrean path. and it is from this Fourth Dimension that the consciousness of the practical magician works in ways which seem miracles to the uninstructed. Explore the River of the Soul." and to learn the meaning of concentration. Our Work aims to carry out the spirit of this Oracle. are obtained combinations of ideas which are always new and always rigorously exact. This is the signal wonder and the supreme power of Kabbalistic science. They extend even in that dimension which is held to be at right angles to our three dimensions." Concerning this. so the spirit clothes itself to descend and unclothes itself to go upward. Eliphas Levi makes the comment: "The garments of the spirit have reference to the media through which it passes. but with concentration. 178 The Oracles of the Gods declare. . thou wilt preserve the body. Every way unto the emancipated Soul extend the rays of Fire. "The sacred letters are perfect hieroglyphics which express all Ideas. which are also numbers.

" And." 180. when they say. fear!" And again. The Oracles often give victory to our own choice. still further. and around thee darts the Lightning Flame and all things appear amid thunders. When thou shalt behold that holy and formless fire shine flashingly through the depths of the universe: Hear thou the Voice of the Fire". when they assert. the earth abideth not. We should flee. If thou often invokest thou shalt see all things growing dark. or even a flashing light abounding. or clothed with gold. Theurgists fall not so as to be ranked among the herd that are in subjection to Fate. and thou art so. 196. One of the most important works of the practical occultist is to free himself from the dominance of the race-consciousness. "That our voluntary sorrows germinate in us the growth of the particular life we lead. 181. Also there is the vision of the fire-flashing courser of light. and standing on the shoulders of the horse. or naked. A similar Fire flashingly extending through the rushings of Air. or a Fire formless whence cometh the image of a Voice. revolving. and not to the order alone of the mundane periods. borne aloft on the shoulders of the celestial steed. crying aloud. for instance. . "On beholding thyself. 199. As. the multitude of men going in a herd. when the stars have lost their light and the lamp of the moon is veiled.179. fiery. 198." 185. whirling forth. Who knoweth himself knoweth all things in himself. This is what Jacob Boehme means by "walking in all things contrary to the world. then if thy meditation prolongeth itself thou shalt unite all these symbols into the form of a lion. "Believe thyself to be above the body. and then when no longer is visible unto thee the high-arched vault of heaven. according to the Oracle. or also a child. or shooting with the bow shafts of light.

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F.O. it became the Rosicrucian Ordler of the Alpha et Omega in America. Occulta (F. the THOTH-HERMES Temple #9.L.L. A couple decades later an American branch was established as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in America. Hermes has been credited as being the father of Hermetic Wisdom. mysticism and theurgy. a new and eclectic expansion of the Western Mystery Tradition for English speaking nations took form in Great Britain as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. their origin lost in time. The Qabalah is a dynamic system of Judeo-Christian theosophy. entire civilizations practiced these recondite arts. practices a system of spiritual disciplines best described as Hermetic Qabalah. as practiced by many traditions including the ancient Essenes whose members included John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. as individualized expressions of the Western Mystery Tradition. the Knights Templar. like the Golden Dawn. how-ever. as well as many others. whose compassion for mankind lead them to form the Mystery Schools for the evolutionary advancement of a comparatively infant humanity. the great and legendary Egyptian Master of Masters. Reorganized under S. which was founded at the turn of the twentieth century. Waite.X. B. founded upon ancient teachings and traditions. Los Angeles and San Francisco. ESOTERICISM Esotericism is the theory and practice of the arcane arts and sciences. to be living messages to a humanity in great need. the Essenes. HZSTOR Y Mystery Schools.The Fraternitas L. and the Brotherhood of the Golderi and Rosy Cross. tracing its lineage directly to the esteemed English tradition of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Florence Farr. A. Liddel MacGregor Mathers. were carried to new temples and rekindled into burning flames. the Mithraic Mysteries. Yeats. And. the founder of Astrology. and with its governing or mother temple in New York. the Gnostics. the Sufis. These first Mystery Schools. Membership of the Golden Dawn has included notable figures such as: W. Dying embers from their altars.V.O. Notable among these various Schools formed through the centuries are those of Isis and Osiris. Furthermore.) is an esoteric order in the Western Mystery Tradition. the Eleusinian Mysteries. have long since vanished. Hermeticism is based upon the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. the Mysteries of Dionysus. including the ancient Egyptians. Tradition ascribes the founding of the first Mystery Schools to immortal beings of godlike stature.E. . In the Orient. In 1888. the Zoroastrian Mystery Schools. have been in existence for millennia. and the discoverer of Alchemy. with temples in Philadelphia. Arcane by definition means "mysterious" or "secret" and these same secret arts have been practiced by the great Adepts and Masters of all ages. George Bernard Shaw. esotericism is practiced openly as Yoga. having served their purpose.

the task has fallen to F. refers to that hidden light which is resident in all life.X. 11.L. where the rejected stone became the Keystone of the Temple. is an Aquarian Age Mystery School of the Western Mystery Tradition. of the Thoth-Hermes Temple. along with three other Officers. organized for the following three-fold purpose: I. and refers to the legend concerning the building of King Solomon's Temple.L. which aid them in their quest to reach their highest potential. but have left the vestiges of a lofty tradition intact and capable of infinite expansion by those who hold the "keys. Our fraternity is an order of the ''Right Hand Path.V. reorganized and expanded the teachings of the Alpha et Omega and formed a new Mystery School. Alchemy." to expand its tradition." And now. Astrology. the Spirit Within.O. Our Initiates advance through several grades of instruction and experience. Wisdom is acquired by the experience of correct . and related Arcane Sciences. inheritor of these "keys. the Temple of God and indwelling place of the Holy Shekinah.Perhaps one of the most important events for modern man in the history of the Western Mystery Tradition occurred in the 1920s when the Praemonstrator.O. STATEMENT O F PURPOSE F. Through application of a Qabalistic nun~erologicalsystem known as Gematria. To act as a modern day repository of the Ancient Wisdom teachings of the Tarot. Love and Power.V..X. To train its members for unselfish service to humanity. Occulta (Latin for "Fraternity of the Hidden Light"). or ruling Chief. formed to assist Piscean Age humanity into the Aquarian Age of Brotherhood and Humanitarianism The founders of this new order have since made their own transition. "Hidden Light" equates to the phrase "The stone which the builders rejected". Qabalah. Fraternitas L. OCCULTA Our name. and help herald the coming of a universal brotherhood on earth. FRATERNITAS L." and practices the Mysteries according to free will and for the purpose of uplifting all of Humanity. by providing a seedingground for their growth and development through group and individual applications of the Wisdom teachings. The common goal is illumination and the full expression of Wisdom. To promulgate the Ancient Wisdom teachings in an effort to elevate the thought 111. This school operated under a new age dispensation und was a traditional order. life of humanity at large.

Power is developed through the correct application of Wisdom and Love. The "Second" or "Inner" Order is composed of Initiates of the Greater Mysteries who not only have developed balance and harmony in themselves. which offers correspondence courses for dedicated seekers all over the world. Love is developed through meditation. The goal is to be in control of ones own actions. and emotions.ghout the ages. The Order is organized into four levels.L.O. is the power of Love. The power employed in the rituals of F. as through Ritual. The "First" Order of F. but who have also received illumin. Their Higher Self is both awakened and in control of their lives. The first level is the Outer Court. the only true power in the Universe. and Power.actions based upon true knowledge and insight. the world and all of its creatures.L. Love. The materials they receive focus on developing a well rounded knowledge and understanding of the esoteric arts. religious or social background and status. ORGANIZATION The Fraternity of the Hidden Light does not discriminate against gender. and ideally. The Masters that guide the Fraternity of the Hidden Light serve the Will of God. The "Third or "Invisible" Order is composed solely of Great Adepts and Masters throu. These courses are: The Threshold Course The Path of Return Elements of Ceremonial Astrology for the Qabalist This preliminary level is probationary and members of the Outer Court are referred to as "Probationers". which prepares the heart for the illumination of Union with the ALL. As Initiates progress through the curriculum and practices of the First Order they 1e:u-n to develop each element of their being. is composed of the Initiates of a greater Mystery Tradition of which it is a part. and other spiritual organizations that have similar objectives and high ideals. The objective of the First Order is to train its members in the Lesser Mysteries and assist them to develop into balanced centers of expression for Wisdom. All of the correspondence courses include theory and guided practices. They seek to become those who truly "know" and can serve humanity. .ation.O. These great souls guide the Order. resulting in balance and harmony. thoughts. at peace with oneself.

Members of the Outer Court who are considered for initiation will be expected to submit a proficiency examination demonstrating a basic knowledge of the esoteric science. These changes lead to recognition of the inner realities behind the outward appearance of things.O. An important part of our curriculum involves applications of our teachings towards healing.CURRICULUM The curriculum of the F. MEMBERSHIP Membership of the outer court of the Fraternity entitles the Probationer to receive the Threshold correspondence course. Before applying for Initiation into a lodge of the FRATERNATAS L. is not an entitlement to membership. Meditation. The curriculum is personally guided. a harmonizing and equilibrating energy is released for all those who are in need: be they student. it is a condition pursuant thereto. and Esoteric Psychology. "At Large" membership in a working Lodge is available to sincere students who are able to travel to the nearest lodge at least twice a year. Astrology. and seeks only those who truly desire to grow in Love and who willingly commit to serve humanity. We don't perform "astral" Initiations or Attunements. meditation. one's Higher Self. graduated system. Alchemy.V. After completion you can continue membership and study the Path of Return.X. and ritual. which are aimed at invoking quantum changes in consciousness. a minimum of three months is required as a Probationer. Rather. This system utilizes the ancient grades as a means of identifying the level a student has reached for the purpose of receiving the Ancient Wisdom teachings. Tarot. The Fraternity of the Hidden Light is very selective in accepting members for initiation into its lodges. Rituals are used for numerous purposes. and consists of study. orfoe.friend. and the work of the Esoteric Orders. Hermeticism. Meditation is used to bring about an in-depth understanding of the teachings and to create in the aspirant a personal communication link with the only true teacher. the Tarot. The correspondence courses are different from the work of our Initiates. Through the use of Light and Sound. This course consists of 32 Lessons of which you receive two monthly by mail. Completion of the probationary period. OCCULTA.L. The curriculum includes the study of the Tree of Life. Lessons center primarily around the Qabalah. Elements of Ceremonial and Astrology for the Qabalist. is a structured. the most frequent being initiatory. however. Only initiated members are provided with the occult knowledge of the grade work and access into a lodge. .

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